THE PLACE OF NO WORDS MOVIE REVIEW
Once upon a time, a little boy named Bodhi traveled into the woods with his viking warrior father. Together they faced great adventures with fairies, Bigfoots with colds, fighting evil aliens with lasers, and witches with curses. All of these dangers are nothing compared to trying to understand the greatest monster of all: his father’s terminal disease. Director Mark Webber and his wife Teresa Palmer play the father and mother and Bodhi, their real son, plays their son, in this magical realism fantasy art-adventure. Does it work? Our reviewers, Mindy, Max, London, and Rae, search to the answer as to whether “The Place of No Words” is worth getting caught up in the fairy tale, or if it should just be snapped back to reality.
DIRECTED BY: Mark Webber
STARRING: Mark Webber, Teresa Palmer, Bodhi Palmer, Nicole Elizabeth Berger, Eric Christian Olsen, Sarah Wright, Phoebe Tonkin, Mary Benn, Mario Torres, Lilli Kay, Misha Ade, Anna Schafer
Mindy Rast-Keenan (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
Having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya, and being very disappointed at the lack of riding elephants her cartoons had promised her, Mindy spends the majority of her time as a film, theater, and voice over actress in the Austin, Texas area. They still give her money for being on HBO that one time, with her name in the credits spelled wrong. A nerdy geek, this award-winning actress joined One of Us figuring she’d put her summa cum laude BFA acting degree to good use…by judging other people’s acting. In the few seconds she gets to herself, Mindy bakes for charity, knits eccentric plushies, plays original RPG’s with her gamemaster husband, and spends time with her soulmate, Batman.
Max Georges (Screener Squad)
Hello, this is Max, AKA your friendly neighborhood TobeyMaguireWasBetter-Man.
I was born in Houston, moved to various places in the US, graduated from DePaul University in Chicago, and now residing in Denver. I really live at the cinema though. I probably am the one who singlehandedly killed MoviePass with the number of times I used it. I tend to have different opinions than the general masses on most entertainment properties and it always makes for interesting discussions. Why do companies keep making movies based on fanfics based on other fanfics based on Vampires? I don’t know, but I’ll watch all of them. Do I like DCEU movies way more than MCU? Definitely. Is ‘The Last Jedi’ my absolute favorite Star Wars film? Yep.
In my spare time, when not watching movies, I’m deep into the video game world trying to 100% complete as many games as possible, and sometimes broadcasting it live on Twitch.
London Vayavong (Staff Writer, Screener Squad, Breakfast Pub, Eye on the Prize)
London Vayavong loves stories. As a child, he read the Goosebumps series and Marvel comics. Yes, he is a Marvel fanboy and totally into Captain America before it was cool (owns three shirts by the way). Unfortunately, comics and Goosebumps were not enough to fulfill his need for stories so he invested the rest of his time watching movies and cartoons starring DC superheroes. Yes, he is also a DC fanboy because he likes to break the rules. It would not be until he reached college that he discovered that there were actually great books that were for adults. Apparently, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Gore Vidal, Stephen King, and Neil Gaiman had completely missed his radar. Writing is his full-time career but he also enjoys playing the guitar, acting, doing stand-up comedy, and coding. He currently writes for The Script Lab along with working on screenplays and a novel.
Lyrae Anderson (Screener Squad)
You can call me Rae. You can also call me a film lover. I’ll watch it all — small screen; big screen, and everything in between. I have attended and worked for Fantastic Fest and South by Southwest for many years. I married a film geek as well. While we don’t agree on everything, we agree on our love of movies.
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