Review by L.C. Cragg
This period piece set on the night of the infamous Orson Welles War of the World’s 1938 hoax, delivers the poignant message that fake news has been around for decades. This well casted character and plot driven comedy stuffs a lot into the storyline, which doesn’t deliver as much as one could hope for. As the aliens never arrive, and neither do the laugh out moments that one would have expected from such an accomplished cast of actors Heather Burns (Manchester by the Sea), Sam Jaeger (Parenthood), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect), Dan Bakkedahl (Life in Pieces), Mel Rodriguez (The Last Man on Earth) and Raymond J. Barry (Training Day).
Set in Lullaby, New Jersey, a very small farming town which in response to the crisis, is organizing God’s army and when the Martians arrive, their “militia” will be the first to “welcome” them. While the dialogue delivers a few clever jabs, this script could have been punched up to raise the bar for comedic delivery. The second half of the movie never seems to kick in which is typically due to the lack of enough comedic set ups in the first half.
The film Brave New Jersey showed this week at the Woods Hole Film Festival and will be available in theaters and on demand on 8/4/2017.
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