nonig’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Death & Life of John F. Donovan,is something I have and I haven’t seen before simultaneously. Firstly, i would like to commend on the casting choices which were excellent,I mean Natalie Portman,Susan Sarandon,Kathy Bates...but most importantly, Jacob Tremblay who was the one who stole the show in my opinion..and last but not least, Kit Harington can seriously act,who knew? His game of thrones performances were not even nearly as good as this one! Furthermore, I would like to emphasize that this is indeed a flawed movie,like,the editing was off and some scenes were a bit too flippant or either a bit too much and out of the blue. I would definitely prefer the longer version of this in order to learn more about each character because it’s inevitable to not be as emotionally invested to them as I’d prefer it to and for some scenes to be even more touching and fully conceivable (with the exception of Jacob’s character with whom I had more time getting to know his character and actually care enough for him.) It’s a fake biopic and a story-telling piece therefore something I’ve already seen with Xavier Dolan’s special touches and influences. Nevertheless, it was still a beautiful film about self explanatory,individualism,finding purpose, and also about experiences that stay with us throughout our lives and redefining them!