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This review is from: Back Soon (DVD)
It seems that nearly all of the independent, low-budget, gay-romance films I've seen have the same problems: technical limitations, some questionable scripting/acting and a general lack of polish. "Back Soon" is no exception... but like the others, it has a big ol' heart that keeps the film pumping and an integrity that I liked.
Unlike the others, however, it also relies on a bit of the supernatural for its main plot premise. The big question the film raises is this: Is true love also blind and never-ending?
"Back Soon" says it most certainly is. I won't give away too much of the story, but there is a big, obvious supernatural reason that straight boys Logan (Windham Beacham) and Gil (Matthew Montgomery) are brought together. And my favorite parts of the film are when they are examining this paradox. There's a sensitivity and rawness that struck me as original, fresh and surprisingly real. Montgomery's gruff, deep performance adds a lot to this dynamic; he carries the film.
The stumbling points of the film are all attributable to the relatively cheap budget and ridiculous supporting characters, from the nosy realtor, to the screaming-queen best pal, to the beyond-stereotyped gang-banga, to the ultra-perfect-but-dead wife, to the unbelievably (as in JUST. NOT. BELIEVABLE.) bigoted brother-in-law. Every time one of these two-dimensional losers graced the screen I couldn't wait for them to get back to the main characters.
At its core, "Back Soon" is a bit talky, and there are way too many moments of Logan staring off pensively into the distance. That said, I did love the goofy auditions-on-tape (Logan is an actor by trade) and "Trixie's Revenge", the incredibly bad movie-within-a-movie... it's a less than subtle reminder of how low a film like this could sink and doesn't.
Overall, the premise of this film saves it for me. I love the big questions it gently tackles enough to forgive it its shortcomings.