Very nice review and, yes, I'm a huge Dakota fan.
I'm really looking forward to this movie. We haven't seen a movie with Dakota in a lead role since "The Runaways" in March 2010 -- a long period of Dakota deprivation -- too long. The director said that he wasn't trying to -- and didn't want to -- make the movie "sentimental"; he just wanted to tell the truth. Some critics think otherwise, so it'll be interesting to see how this works out. If telling the truth makes for an emotional movie, then so be it; besides, why would one want to see an unemotional movie?
Dakota is a great actress. She's a master at the presentation of a unique persona for each movie -- none of them the real Dakota. She doesn't just repeat a trademark film persona over and over again -- in this respect she's like Meryl Streep. (My favorite performance is still as Lewellen in "Hounddog.") Of the 3 movies she made in 2011, the one I'm most looking forward to is "Effie" (I read the bio). This was a challenge in that she had to play Effie in the age range, at least, of 20 - 25 or 26. This is great opportunity to transition to fully adult roles and do it with a screenplay by Emma Thompson. The best Dakota movie yet?