The rambling “Life Itself” is a multigenerational drama about the messiness of life, but the emotional impact of the movie gets lost in the messiness of its screenplay. And though there is not one subpar acting performance, the film itself comes off as an exercise in self-consciousness.
Writer-director Dan Fogelman, behind the heartfelt TV show “This Is Us,” tries to mix elements of his hit series – a sprawling family, time shifts and sentimentalism – with overwrought nods to “Pulp Fiction,” Bob Dylan tunes and writerly musings about unreliable narrators. It’s an ambitious film, but unfortunately, an unqualified misfire.
SOURCE: 98.7 KLUV
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