Burn Your Maps review: if the kid from Room wants to be Mongolian, let him19 days ago
Jacob Tremblay and Vera Farmiga( as his understanding mother) are irresistible in this strange narrative, premiering at Toronto, of a young son with goats on the brain its simply a dishonor the film isnt as interested in the locals as they are
Few actors working in Hollywood today have a more expressive face than Vera Farmiga. With a crooked smile or a somewhat tilted head, she has the uncanny ability to convey complex emotions in even the briefest reaction shoot. Lucky we are, then, that this newest movie, Burn Your Maps, offers a rich character, roiled in commotion, and plopped in an extraordinary situate. This isnt to say this movie is a masterpiece, but its one that doesnt only tug on the heartstrings it yanks on them like a streetcar passenger afraid hell miss his stop.
We open in suburban Chicago, where young Wes( Jacob Tremblay) has for some reason become fascinated with everything Mongolian. He watches YouTube videos, is teaching himself the language, listens to throat-singing and takes his older sisters Uggs and builds them into shepherds boots. Its all very cute, and images of him riding around on his bicycle with goats and eagles made from toilet paper are adorable.
Our first glimpse of Wes parents Alise( Vera Farmiga) and Connor( Marton Csokas) is in a brutal couples therapy conference. They are still shellshocked from the loss of their baby daughter, and its here where writer-director Jordan Roberts( screenwriter behind Big Hero 6 and March of the Penguins) makes a gutsy selection. Despite eventual triumphant sequences of a euphoric son riding a horse at magic hour, this isnt an average kids cinema; the first scene of dialogue involves a conversation about oral gratification, but in a non-lascivious route. Im no child psychologist, but I guess the route its done here is perfectly okay.
Wess infatuation with Mongolia reaches the point where he only feels comfortable in traditional nomadic garb.( A subsequently zing comes when we learn most working goat herders on the Steppes actually wear jeans and ballcaps .) He begins referring to Mongolia as home and soon Connor, always in a suit and tie, decides to put an end to this foolishness. Alise, who teaches English as a second language to immigrants, is just happy to see the son excited about something. Soon Wes befriends one of Alises students, Ismail( Suraj Sharma ), who has aspirations to be a documentary film-maker. One videotapeed testimonial afterwards and surreptitious crowdfunding scheme afterwards and Ismail, Alise and Wes are off to Mongolia for a return.
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