Revisiting ‘Great Great Great’ In Theatres Now…

Posted in Movies, Theatrical by - October 06, 2017
Revisiting ‘Great Great Great’ In Theatres Now…

I already saw Adam Garnet Jones’ Great Great Great as part of the Canadian Film Festival last March. Yes, it is the same movie that I saw a few months ago. But I wondered what new things I would pick up at this second time watching it. There was a thing or two. Like that visual indicator when Lauren (Sarah Kolasky) turns down a call. That call comes from from her friend Nikki (Meredith Chessborough). The latter has been asking her whether or not she’s having an affair with their boss David (Richard Clarkin). Cellphones, that thing they put in movies.

Movies about affairs hinges on the consequences of the revelation of said affair. Technology connects people whether they should be or not. Sure, finding a romantic partner on your phone produces varying results. But temptation, or whatever is it that one wants but doesn’t need, like someone to cheat with. That’s easy. It’s easy for Lauren and David to make plans behind her boyfriend Tom (Dan Beirne). It’s equally easy for her to rent her own apartment without Tom knowing. Of course, the revelation of her secret, the thing that could ruin her life, is just a click away.

Let’s even go back to the film’s beginning, when Lauren complains to Tom about her parents’ impending divorce. I picked up on it the last time but I forgot how angry that news made her. I know nothing about relationships. But the film shows that the key to a good one is finding someone to complain to. There are two more keys in that chain, that your partner never calls you out on complaining. And to not be dumb enough to do something that you think is fixing the said complaints. Which Lauren is, for dramatic purposes, dumb enough to do.

One last observation is that the men are equally angry or aggressive here. That the film shows what kind of aggression is justified. Specifically, on how far David pushes Lauren. And Kolasky, who co-wrote the film, doesn’t just passively receive this aggression. She wisely matches it with the one that her character bears within. My only nitpick in the film is how meek and unassuming it is. That’s true with the story line and how the film presents it. But otherwise, I had fun watching it. As it does add to the conversation about human relationships, it its own way.

See my original take right here

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While Paolo Kagaoan is not taking long walks in shrubbed areas, he occasionally watch movies and write about them. His credentials are as follows: he has a double major in English and Art History. This means that, for example, he will gush at the art direction in the Amityville house and will want to live there, which is a terrible idea because that house has ghosts. Follow him @paolokagaoan on Instagram but not while you’re working.