Review by James Lindorf
“Ever since I was a little girl, I had a dream: one day, I’d become the superhero in my very own fairytale. I can fly, I can be invisible, and, in the end, I can save the world.” This sweet childhood fantasy opened writer and director D.Mitry’s debut feature film, “My True Fairytale.” The speaker is 17-year-old Angie Goodwin (Emma Kennedy), and she had no idea life was about to hand her that chance. Angie lives with her grandparents in a small town where everyone knows, dated, or works for everyone else. She is a lot of things, friendly, intelligent, a talented pianist and composer, but one thing she is not is a good driver. After a horrific car accident that nearly claimed the lives of her three friends, Angie goes missing. As the police, her family, and friends search for her; she embarks on a mysterious journey to fulfill her childhood fantasy. “My True Fairytale” also stars Darri Ingolfsson, Joanna Cassidy, Bruce Davison, BJ Mitchell, Morgan Lindholm, Juliana Destefano, and Mark Daugherty. Gravitas Ventures will be bringing the sentimental drama to select theaters and On-Demand platforms on April 9th.
The use of fairytale in the title is well deserved. No matter what you think of the end product D. Mitry crafted the most whimsical tale of child-related tragedy since “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.” Three teens are nearly killed. The fourth is missing, maybe injured, possibly dead, or perhaps the trauma activated her latent superpowers. Whatever led to her disappearance never weighs too heavily on her friends and family. Yes, everyone is concerned, especially Angie’s grandparents, but that concern and grief are overwhelmed by drama from other aspects of their life. For the teens, that drama is coming from one source and one source only, parents.
Selena (Juliana Destefano) has an overbearing father who demands total respect and control over every major decision in her life. Sarah (Morgan Lindholm) has a domineering bigot of a mother who takes away her phone and locks her in her room under the pretense of protecting her. Andre (BJ Mitchell) is the odd man out because D. Mitry does not provide a single glimpse of his home life. His drama also comes from Sarah’s mother since he is the boyfriend she swears is no good. Instead of showing us more of Andre D.Mitry made the inexplicable decision to focus more on Danni (Mark Daugherty), a witness to the accident. Maybe they did film scenes with Andre’s family, but when they realized Daugherty is the best of the young actors, they decided to expand his role and make cuts elsewhere. Finally, there is Angie, whose mother died years ago and the father she hasn’t seen since she was twelve. Each Parent has good intentions, except for Sarah’s mom, and is going about it in the wrong way and doing untold damage to their relationship.
While Angie is central to everything that happens, it would be hard to call this Emma’s movie. There is so much time dedicated to her friends and their parents and her dad and his romantic relationship that the movie is best described as an ensemble picture. Dead or alive, super-powered or not, are the big questions swirling around Angie, and don’t worry, we do get an answer. However, that answer may create new questions, like what it means to be a hero and what limits you are willing to push past for the people you love. At its heart, “My True Fairytale” is an examination of grief, something D. Mitry knows well, having lost his own 17-year-old daughter in a car accident. How people deal with it, respond to it, and how they grow as a result of it is much like the film, haphazard, kind of messy but life-affirming, and a tribute to the power of love.
Genre: Drama, Mystery And Thriller
Original Language: English
Director: D. Mitry
Producer: Tim Gagliardo, D. Mitry, Citlalli A. Ruiz, Vincent Van Hinte
Writer: D. Mitry
Release Date (Theaters): April 9th, 2021
Runtime: 1h 26m
Production Co: Purplelight Pictures
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