Strong Acting and Directing Saves Wildlife from a Burned Out Plot

4 min 4 yrs

Actor Paul Dano is known for his honest portrayals of young men desperately trying to find themselves. Whether it’s a military bound son whose life path is disrupted when he discovers he’s colorblind in Little Miss Sunshine or musical savant Bryan Wilson trying to juggle fame, mental illness, and an abusive childhood, Dano has mastered playing the archetype of a young man coming of age. In Wildlife, his first film in the director’s chair, Dano’s uses his mastery of the coming of age genre to breathe life into an otherwise derivative plot.

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