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Surprisingly little screen time for thumbs!,
This review is from: Thumbsucker [DVD] (2005) (DVD)
Thumbsucker is a gentle and well observed film, which keeps the audience interested throughout. With strong performances from all the leading roles, the film also includes Keanu Reeves and Vince Vaughn who, surprising, do not seem out of place, and both give their most accomplished performances to date.
Thumbsucker is a story of a teenage boy who cannot stop sucking his thumb, however as the film continues we see the emphasis, not on the thumbsucking, but on the inability of the characters to deal with problems. The thumbsucking is a symbol, be it slightly exaggerated, to allow a viewer to relate to the idea of feeling isolated and concerned by behaviour which is not "normal".
Natural lighting, uncomfortable silences and relatively simple camera work gives the film a very realistic tone, and at the same time the director manages to avoid the over-use of the shaky camera now found in almost all independent films trying to desperately show "realism".
The film gently plods through the story of the thumbsucking teenager as he tries to find himself, but unfortunately I found that the ending was surprising predictable for a relatively unconventional film. Overall, however, Thumbsucker is an engaging and well made film that makes a nice change to the image of squeaky clean film characters. Seems to be one of those, "love it or hate it" things, but it is well worth watching.
P.S. I hate Marmite but liked this film...