Got to see another MMFF entry during the press previews before the actual festival starts on the 25th. This time I saw Deadma Walking, which was a mixed bag for me. Great handling of a very tricky premise with a good sense of irony at the finale but I felt that the emotional weight of the narrative was undercut by a focus on humor.
If anything, watch it for the performance of Edgar Allan Guzman, who completely stole the show. I’ve never heard of him prior to this movie, but he’s amazing.
My only caveat is that the film relied so much on humor that is based on the two characters being gay. You had a situation that was rife with so much potential for zany humor but I felt that the film focused the jokes more on the characters being and acting gay.
I’m starting to feel very frustrated with scripted material that presents being gay as something as funny. I find it very problematic and I’m really annoyed by the whole thing. I hope, in the future, we will find more homegrown scripted narratives where gay people are funny because they are funny people and not because being gay is funny.