EZRA – “An earnest family drama greatly elevated by heartfelt performances”

ezra

RATING

DIRECTOR

Directed by: Tony Goldwyn

MAIN CAST

• Bobby Cannavale as Max Brande
• Robert De Niro as Stan
• Rose Byrne as Jenna
William Fitzgerald as Ezra

SYNOPSIS

Max Brandel, a stand-up comedian living with his father, Stan, struggles to co-parent his autistic son Ezra with his ex-wife, Jenna. When faced with difficult decisions about their son’s future, Max and Ezra set out on a cross-country road trip.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Tony Goldwyn’s Ezra is an earnest family drama greatly elevated by heartfelt performances. By design, this film is not going to “wow” you in any way, but it will make you feel. And hey, that’s an accomplishment in its own right. You see, the film is modest in its presentation, trading flashy set pieces for thoughtful insights on raising an autistic child. Unfortunately, though, the script is a little on the forced side, relying on overt contrivances more times than not. Luckily, Ezra boasts a genuine A-grade cast to smooth out the narrative bumps in the road. It’s led by the very underrated Bobby Cannavale, who impresses with a rather deeply moving turn. Everyone from Robert De Niro to Rose Byrne likewise commit to their respective roles, giving things a much-needed authenticity amidst the formulaic proceedings. Young William Fitzgerald as Ezra is also delightful, bringing the character to life with a real light in his eyes. There’s certainly magic to be had in the personal moments between these people, and thankfully, there’s plenty of those instances. So, if you’re in the market for something other than blow ‘em up blockbusters this season, I know just the kid to deliver the understated goods – meet Ezra.

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