14A) American Pastoral (TIFF 2016)
Running Time: 108 Minutes.
3 stars out of 4.
Ewan McGregor shines in his Directorial debut with the adaption of the Pulitzer Prize Winning Novel of the same name. American Pastoral is a relevant, thought provoking, and insightful look at family, love, and the struggle for power. Dakota Fanning delivers a strong award nomination worthy performance as Merry, McGregor's daughter, and in a more supporting role, Jennifer Connelly does solid work. While the film takes a while to get going, and often feels a bit forced, the actors are so well cast, and are doing such a great job with the material they are given, that this compensates for the films faults. McGregor has an eye for beautiful visuals, as this film is filled with gorgeous cinematography, and camera work from DP Martin Ruhe. There is a great film in here somewhere, I just wish that McGregor and editor Melissa Kent knew which scenes to cut, as they obviously did not belong in the film. All in all, American Pastoral is a film where the concept is strong, but the execution is weak, and because the actors are giving it there all, I just wish that the film had a stronger script with less corny dialogue to support them.