Saturday, March 19, 2016
Any Day Now
Travis Fine's Any Day Now looks like at first glance to be about the budding relationship between performer Rudy (Alan Cumming) and attorney Paul (Garret Dillahunt). But as the film unfolds, there's much more in store for these two men. And what follows is just heartbreaking.
Any Day Now is set in a time where homosexuals were just starting to be viewed as more than the pariahs of society. But the film shows that it's still an unjust world they're a part of. Things may have changed considerably since that time (including same-sex marriage being legalized in various parts of the world) but we still have a long way to go before we reach total equality.
Both Cumming and Dillahunt are fine actors who've yet to get their moment in the spotlight. (At least with film; they already got it on the small screen from The Good Wife and Deadwood respectively.) Thankfully Any Day Now gives them that spotlight. Their performances are a foil to one another, their contrasting personalities melding together as they get to know each other more. Hopefully it won't be much longer before they get more roles in films.
Any Day Now is one of the more underrated titles in recent years. It's not just a story of romantic love; it's also a story of familial love, and Fine depicts its heartbreak to the fullest. Be sure to see it.
My Rating: *****