'The Cat And The Moon: Special Edition' [Blu-ray]
(Alex Wolff, Mike Epps, Skyler Gisondo, et al / Blu-ray / PG / 2020 / FilmRise - MVD Visual)
Overview: While his mother seeks treatment in rehab, teenager Nick (Alex Wolff, 'Hereditary') comes to New York to stay with Cal, a jazz musician and friend of his late father's.
During his stay, he makes friends who show him what the city has to offer.
Blu-ray Verdict: Most definitely the vibe of an indie film, after watching it twice now, there were still a lot of questions that I had throughout this whole film, but the chemistry between the cast members, young and old, was great, have no doubt.
Was it a perfect movie? No, not at all. But for being writer/director and star Alex Wolff's very first directed film, well, it is definitely, and without a shadow of a doubt, rather excellent.
I've seen my fair share of indie films that weren't good at all, but that doesn't apply here. The chemistry between the cast was phenomenal and you could simply feel the friendship, the love, everything that was being passed between them.
Alex did a good job with the cast and even through some of the tough moments call for an acting depth to be mined for some of these lesser-known actors, you still really feel for them all.
Each character, you got to see a small reveal of who they are, even if we don't get to see their whole world like we did with Nick. There were moments where I wasn't too fond of some of the writing, some moments that felt they didn't need to belong, or moments where I wanted more.
Whether that was Alex's intention or not, I just don't know, but no indie film is perfect, as that's the nature of the beast (and its beauty, of course). It has raw emotions and that's all you really need to know going in.
Even through the tough scenes, such as when Russell was in well over his head with the drug dealer, despite the annoyance you felt for Russell before that moment, you still felt anxiety or felt bad for him with what comes thereafter.
Nick sharing how he felt with his dad, well, it can definitely hit home if you yourself have ever lost someone you loved or cared about. You can definitely feel for Nick and make it personal toward you.
We also get to see the rage and anger from Nick because of the loss of his father and knowing that deep down, Nick knew most were right when it came to his mother and that maybe it wasn't the best thing to do. But, of course, it's his mother and he's all she had.
Also, getting to see Nick going through a spiral with the drugs and the alcohol, you can visually see that he was always heading towards a path of destruction; just as we knew his mother was, and how his father had gone down.
In closing, given that this is Alex's directorial debut, 'The Cat and The Moon' is a true gem of an indie film to see. It won't disappoint, of that you have my word. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Official 'The Cat And The Moon' Movie Trailer