Review of the Green Oak Guardian Film

April 28, 2023 0 Comments

To appreciate the value of independent cinema, one must first be able to recognize and observe the world in which one finds oneself. Many people will say that out of pity they will not be honest about what works and what does not work in this very specific filmy world. In my matter, I believe that everything is an opportunity, and one can only learn from opportunities. If The Green Oak Guardian had been a great movie, it certainly would have highlighted something for improvement. There is always an opportunity to do something better.


But the problem with this very small independent film is that you can’t help but feel that it could have been much better if the approach had been much simpler. A good romantic movie, one with a plot that feels organic to some extent, doesn’t need to waste much time when it comes to depicting the chemistry between two characters. There are questions in the film about the plot and how things are happening. There are too many of them, and you won’t be able to get rid of the feeling that The Green Oak Guardian is unnecessarily complex and ultimately feels unnatural as a dramatic story that turns romantic.

The film tells the story of a comic book writer who is very successful. The problem is that no one knows who he is. When the opportunity arises to bring one of the stories to the screen, the potential star decides to appear in the film, go to the city where the writer lives and… investigated? At first it seems like an unpleasant plot about a big fish in a small town, but then it turns into a beautiful story about two souls who meet and find true love when life demands it.

The movie goes back and forth to define what the center of the plot is. There is a reason why the writer cannot reveal that she is behind such a good job, and this is to add some weight to the plot, but instead it feels like an unnecessary element that does not help the relationship and the presence of Grayson Kane only makes it a little more transformative for him.

Abi Van Andel does a good job in the movie. Houston Rhines don’t really do it, they never feel connected, and this is due to the fact that there is no chemistry between them and the third act. If everything is going to be solved, the script requires some additions that bring nothing to the table.

This time the fairy tale didn’t work for me. But maybe it is for others. The movie is shot very well and this may appeal to some people who are not looking for depth in a plot that feels like a light version of something that definitely could have been much better.

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