No Lost Cause review

Posted: May 10, 2013 in Film Review

No Lost Cause

“No Lost Cause” is a pretty good film from first-time directors Ashley Raymer-Brown and Rachael Yeager. (Yeager also wrote the story/screenplay.) There is a lot to like about the film and you really root for the main character Beth Ann Collins. In fact the best feature of the film is the likability of Beth Ann, played winningly by Caitlyn Waltermire. Amazingly this is Waltermire’s first film because she brings rich, subtle nuances to her portrayal. Her use of small facial expressions is of a caliber of a more seasoned actor, and is very easy and a joy to watch. It’s a difficult thing to be mean-spirited and crabby while maintaining – even growing – empathy with the audience, but she does it and does it well. I look forward to future projects from Waltermire.

The direction and cinematography of “No Lost Cause” is strong, And it is nice to see a project done by first-time directors who have done their homework and have studied the basics of filmmaking. (There are a couple of the nefarious “waking up” scenes, but I will allow grace here, because it does advance the story.) But the story – (warning: SPOILERS ahead!) I think the filmmakers missed a very good opportunity to fashion a very special film and instead opted for a nice-and-tidy I feel-good package. (SPOILER!) I believe in miracles and nothing gives me greater joy than to witness these in real life. And I also believe that finding faith in God can only lead you in the best direction. However I also know that bad things happen to good people. (Aside here: their explanation of this in the film is one of the greatest highlights in the film!) But although faith in God does not magically fix all things, it is there to help and comfort us as we struggle with the brokenness of this world. The filmmakers missed a great opportunity to explore this powerful truth for those who do NOT experience a miracle. This dilemma would have made for a great film. Instead we are left with “Really?” and only an average film. All in all a worthy the effort though, and so “No Lost Cause” is recommended.

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