TIFF 2023: Our Review of ‘Uproar’

Posted in TIFF 2023 by - September 09, 2023
TIFF 2023: Our Review of ‘Uproar’

There is always something special about coming of age stories that get it right, as they become more than the parts that created them and become a movie for a generation. This can sound hyperbolic, but when these coming of age stories knock it out of the park and feature a character finding themselves in the midst of a dark political climate, it certainly resonates more even more so in today’s world. Hamish Bennett and Paul Middleditch co-direct and co-write, along with Sonia Whiteman, the heartwarming, touching, and at moments, hilarious Uproar.

Uproar focuses on Josh Waaka (Julian Dennison) who’s trying to figure out who he is and where he belongs in the world. His father has unfortunately passed away years ago, and his mother Shirley (Minnie Driver) is doing everything she can to keep Josh and his brother Jamie (James Rolleston) afloat, as Jamie is struggling to find purpose in his own life after an injury that has sidelined him from rugby. There’s the passion that his teacher Madigan (Rhys Darby) finds in Josh and pressure to be part of the rugby team.

Uproar truly stands out because of the magnificent performances from Julian Dennison and Rhys Darby. They both bring incredibly infectious heart and soul to their performances and create a world for the audience to fully fall in love with. Bennet, Middleditch and Whiteman truly create the underdog story of the year and will have the audience rallying behind Josh and cheering for him throughout Uproar.

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My earliest movie memory, outside of my home theatre in my basement, was going to the local Video 99 and wanting to rent ET only to be told by the shop owner it was playing down the street in theatres. My love for cinema has been alive for as long as I can honestly remember. I would frequent the cinema minutes down from my house daily. It was a second home. Movies are an escape from the everyday world, a window into the soul, a distant friend. If I’m not watching a movie, I’m probably watching a tv show, if I’m doing neither I’m asleep. Feel free to interact me at @Dubsreviews
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