What Ever Happened to Jonny Faith: Review. By Richard Schertzer.
This Benjamin Pollack-directed film certainly packs a punch even if it might miss a few steps along the way.
Frank Noon portrays the disheveled, has-been country star Jonny Faith as he sets off across the country to visit his son who he abandoned about 30 years ago after the death of his wife. He has a multitude of teary-eyed flashbacks that illuminate his person and peer into the veil of his own psyche.
Faith is terminally-ill with cancer and longs to reconnect with his son trying to make up for lost time. He feels obligated as a father to venture into the world and try to make up for his lack of contact with his only kid. It makes sense that he would feel some modicum of guilt behind his lack of parenting.
The film proves to be an enduring and heartfelt endeavor from director Benjamin Pollack with Faith’s absorbing character being broadcasted on the screen. The performances are truly captivating, to say the least. It’s great to see a slew of actors coming together for a good-old-fashioned country film that any American can enjoy.
However, there are some drawbacks to the film that need to be mentioned. First and foremost, it never feels like it can be all that it can be and falls short of its true potential. While the audience gets a fair amount of Faith’s backstory, we only get fragments of it and it feels like something else about him is still missing from the fabric of the narrative.
Despite all of that, it seems that there is enough talent both in front of and behind the camera. It’s pulpy, raw, American feel and nature is something that nobody else could deny.
Regardless, this film proves to be a neat and ambitious ride even if the film misses a few marks and doesn’t always land on its feet.
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