Bradley Rust Gray is one of those directors either you get where he is coming from and can embrace it, or you are the wrong person to be watching this film. With his films, there is no this was alright or I sort of liked it, it was either I loved it or I hated it. Jack and Diane is a film that is definitely going to test the viewerâ€™s patience, because at 110 minutes this film at times becomes too much to fully digest or solidly get into. While I know I am a fan of action and horror, two genres that we can forgive things like scripts, acting and sometimes even pacing because we are in for the killings, and for the violence. That being said, Jack and Diane was the equivalent of reading a novel that gave you bits and pieces of story but expected you to come up with the rest of the story on your own.
Jack is played by Elvis Presleyâ€™s granddaughter Riley Keough who right now is one of those actresses on the verge of stardom starring with Juno Temple as Diane. So you know they at least have some talent in the two starring roles, the problem was not so much with the actresses in the roles, it was the roles themselves. As you can guess the plot of the film is the love that blossoms between the two main characters. The film tells that Diane a Brit from Washington D.C. she is this girly girl who wears the baby-doll dresses and lives in a world that seems almost Disney like. We learn that she is leaving for fashion school in France, but as luck would have it she stops to stay in Manhattan for a few weeks with her Auntie Linda. So while in Manhattan Diane loses her cellphone, well she stumbles into this boutique where she meets Jack. Jack is a lesbian who is the polar opposite of Dianeâ€™s world.
As you can guess the two girls are in love almost immediately, well the film has this fast forward club scene that leads to Diana being confronted in the mirror of an image of something like a monster. The scenes with Diane and the monster was really cool, the rest of the film was a hard sit for me. It just seemed like the characters and story went nowhere, and the acting was just not talking about. The film overstayed its welcome and may have benefited from cutting down its running time at least by 15 minutes. I get where the film is coming from, and I think the two leads are super talented but this material and film is such a bad fit for them.
The film asks so much of the viewer, that it just seems like an incomplete idea that got bogged down by more and more dialogue and script that is just too much to ask someone to follow or get behind.
4 out of 10