Daddy Longlegs – Review

Posted January 23, 2010 in

Daddy Longlegs

Sundance Film Festival

Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

From the start, Lenny (Ronald Bronstein) is depicted as a carefree thirtysomething New Yorker with no direction or responsibility in life. As he hops fences and lies in the grass in Central Park, it’s clear that he’s a slacker with no agenda. The only time Lenny’s life sparks with excitement is when his two sons, Sage and Frey (real-life brothers Sage and Frey Ranaldo), visit for two weeks out of the year, and the loafer instantly becomes an affectionate and compassionate father. While Lenny does care for his children, his own childish morals blindside responsible decision-making and he places his children in precarious situations. As his irresponsibility continues, the repercussions for his immaturity become increasingly hazardous even life threatening. Bronstein is sublime as the negligent guardian as he perfectly balances his horrid and appealing attributes without forcing anyone to completely despise him. The Safdie brothers offer a charming script with real heart and soul behind its dialogue and characters, and the gritty hand-held camerawork only accentuates the rawness of Lenny’s existence.

–Jimmy Martin

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Screening Times:

January 22, 2010 – 8:30am – Prospector Square Theatre

January 22, 2010 – 6:00pm – Tower Theatre

January 24, 2010 – 12:00pm – Holiday Village Cinema IV

January 26, 2010 – 6:00pm – Temple Theatre