Thursday, September 3, 2015

"Chloe and Theo" cli-fi movie getting decidely ''mixed'' reviews -- from A++ to D-minus!

"Chloe and Theo" 'cli-fi' movie getting mixed reviews, from A++ to D-minus! see blog list here of all review pro and con so far: Yr POV?

ECOWATCH review here:
'Chloe & Theo' full of heart, but it still feels false


  • 'Chloe & Theo' is a global warming tale

    Detroit Free Press-2015年9月2日
    'Chloe & Theo'. Starring: Theo Ikummaq, Dakota Johnson, Mira Sorvino. The premise: Theo, an Inuit from the Arctic, travels to New York City ...
  • 關於「chloe theo」的報導圖片 (來源:EcoWatch)

    Chloe & Theo: A Movie That Will Change the Way You Look at the ...

    [Take the Chloe & Theo: #LessIsMore Climate Pledge by clicking here.] Have you ever wanted to meet someone that changes the way you look ...
  • 關於「chloe theo」的報導圖片 (來源:The Young Folks)

    Movie Review: 'Chloe & Theo'

    The Young Folks-2015年8月28日
    In the interest of being as succinct as possible, Ezna Sands' Chloe & Theo can be summarized thusly: an Arctic Inuit named Theo (Theo ...

    The NEW YORK TIMES reviews Michael Gold writes:
    Give “Chloe & Theopoints for a timely release. Someone involved with this fanciful tale of an Inuit who tries to warn “the elders” at the United Nations about climate change must have known that President Obama would be addressing the same issue at an international conference in Alaska this week. Too bad the film, written and directed by Ezna Sands, does nothing to advance its cause.
    Theo (Theo Ikummaq), from Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, has been sent by his people to New York to deliver a message: The industrialized world is destroying the planet and, not incidentally, the Inuit way of life.
    Wandering Manhattan, he is taken in by Chloe (Dakota Johnson), a ditsy young runaway, and her band of merry homeless men. Culture-clash hilarity ensues. They eventually meet Monica (Mira Sorvino), a lawyer, who helps with networking. Then, for balance, bad stuff happens.
    The shallow themes are drawn with broad brush strokes from palettes weathered with age: Theo is “Nanook of the North” incarnate, an innocent noble savage dropped into a hellish urbanscape steeped in television’s consumerist materialism. At least Mr. Ikummaq maintains his dignity.

    Boasting the involvement of the entrepreneurial philanthropists Richard Branson and John Paul DeJoria, “Chloe & Theo” is surprisingly amateurish in concept and execution. There’s a line between a narrative that’s deliberately simple and one that’s painfully childish, and it’s not all that fine. But it’s one “Chloe & Theo” crosses repeatedly.
    “Chloe & Theo” is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). Brief scenes of unconvincing menace. YES CLIMATE CHANGE is a real existential MENACE!


    Dann Gire

    Every element in Ezna Sands' overly earnest and simplistic drama "Chloe & Theo" feels false and calculated, right down to its preachy Inuit Christ-figure and its tough New York street hustlers.
    The only authentic part of this well-meaning mess is actor Theo Ikummaq, who plays the Eskimo Theo, dispatched by his people warn "the southerners" about a dream in which the sun "kisses the earth" and destroys all life.
    Theo arrives in New York City alone, given the mission to speak to "the elders" about the impending disaster. He befriends a cute street urchin named Chloe (Dakota Johnson) who helpfully takes him to the nearest elders -- a retirement home.
    Mira Sorvino plays an official who apparently has nothing on her calendar but time to help Theo and Chloe get a bigger stage for the Inuit to deliver a climate change white paper to the United Nations.
    Sands' movie reaches for charm and profundity, but both elude the story and direction that veers into unsophisticated, amateurish choices, the chief one being Chloe and Theo's dueling voice-over narrators wrestling for control over who gets to the tell this story.
    Johnson made this movie before she shot to stardom as the masochistic hottie in "Fifty Shades of Grey," so the movie "Theo" became "Chloe & Theo." Presumably, that explains the dueling narrators.
    Some of the dialogue screeches ("I watched as the light went out of her little eyes ..."). But once in a while, Theo speaks ("There is so much indifference in this world, I can barely sleep at night"), and for a moment, something feels real.

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