Maysville Honest Film Review

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Our main character in Maysville is being held back by such a terrible incident that it’s hard to understand how a movie can take off after something like this. As a filmmaker, you have a challenge where you have to follow a dramatic turning point that can redeem a character with such a heavy burden. Leslie Goyette achieves this goal with an ease that is not so common in today’s cinema. It’s not that they easily forget the events of the past. It’s just that moving forward is sometimes not such a beautiful picture.

At least that’s what we get from Teddy Rogers, a boy who lost his best friend Willy in an accident that could have been prevented. Plagued by feelings of guilt, Teddy tests himself and also everyone around him. Willie’s father, an abusive monster, kidnaps Teddy and takes him with him. His mother is desperately trying to prevent this, but Teddy’s admission is hard to beat.

Years pass and Teddy is still in an abusive relationship. Hard work and roughness are part of her everyday life until she decides enough is enough. He flees to the city of Maysville, where he finds love and an honest job. However, inner demons are hard to let go of. Teddy’s burden hasn’t gone away, and when people from his past show up, he decides to face them once and for all.

This coming-of-age movie is full of emotional ups and downs and melodramatic intersections. That’s exactly how a movie like this should go. However, Maysville is also playing in a different territory, which is as risky as it is gender-dissonant. Or so it seems. Goyette is decisive with her approach to making Maysville a slow-paced thriller that never exaggerates the patterns of this genre. It’s just that Teddy’s character demands it, and the director is confident enough to steer the film towards something more exciting than one might expect.

Without the very good performances it wouldn’t work. From Forrest Campbell as Willy to Brian Sutherland as Buck, Willy’s father. They are surprisingly accurate in performances that do not quite recall independent cinema. You owe it to a good director. But, ultimately, it’s Kevin Mayr’s chance to shine. The young actor assumes his role organically, almost too sincerely. As the film enters its third act and her character demands a change of subject, Mayr dominates every scene she finds herself in.

Maysville starts out as an innocent story and bluntly turns the boards into something darker and grimmer. But Goyette grabs the story and insists that the main character find justice if necessary. At least he doesn’t overdo it with the drama and Maysville gets away from a boring formulaic center. In fact, he gets carried away and breaks expectations. When the third act comes and the movie takes its final turn, you’ll see what I mean.

Set in Appalachia, Maysville is an honest interpretation of a morally disturbed story that steers clear of the complexity of the characters. It’s pretty simple if you think about it. It’s a story about growing up in the midst of difficulties and tragedies. But it’s also a compelling film about being able to forgive the seemingly unforgivable.

In Maysville, you feel things like in the movies back then. I don’t know Goyette’s intention with the script, but if that’s what she was looking for, then she’s a winner, and I’d like to see what she does next.

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