JOE BELL - Review
Release Date: July 23, 2021
Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Reid Miller, Connie Britton
Plot: A man decides to walk from Oregon to New York to teach anyone who will listen about inclusiveness and bullying after his son tells him he is gay
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
Every year there are about a dozen films that come out that have a powerful and emotional story and message, but the film itself is average at best. This movie falls into that category. It is 100% worth seeing because of the story, you'll just have to endure the way the story is being told.
This is based on a true story. If you know the story of Joe Bell and his son, don't tell anyone anything before they see this movie. If you don't know about Joe, make sure you keep it that way before you see the film. There are certain thematic elements that will not make any sense if you already know how it ends.
Aside from the story, the one thing that stand out as great is the acting. Mark Wahlberg plays a hard-nosed, very rough around the edges man who loves his family deeply, but can't quite figure out how to say it or show it where they feel it. That's what makes his walk such a powerful statement.
Reid Miller plays Bell's son who has come out as gay. His performance is incredible. He steals every scene he is in, and you can feel the pain and struggle through his expressions. This isn't the caliber of film that is going to get award looks, but if it does, Miller deserves a supporting actor nod.
This isn't good enough to be something that I would recommend spending the time and money to see it in a theater, but the message of a father's love for his bullied son is absolutely worth it. This will not be one of the best films you see this year, but it should be one that is on your list to see at some point.