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USA 2017 - with Nick Robinson, Rosario Dawson, Grant Gustin, Jacob Latimore, T.I., Felicity Huffman ...

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Movie info

Original title:Krystal
Genre:Comedy, Drama, Romance
Direction:William H. Macey
Cinema release:18.10.2018
Production country:USA 2017
Running time:Approx. 90 min.
Rated:From 12 years
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Taylor (Nick Robinson) is a quiet teenager. Wild parties or a girlfriend are foreign words to him. And there's a reason for that: Taylor has a heart condition. If the excitement is too great, it simply tips over and there is a danger that it will not wake up at some point. But then Taylor meets Krystal (Rosario Dawson), a single mother with an eventful past. The much older woman makes Taylor's blood boil and he knows: In order to win Krystal over, he has to radically change his appearance. And so he tries to be a cool player - but does his weak heart go along with it?

William H. Macey proved that an Oscar-nominated actor doesn't automatically have to be a good director with the very shallow comedy "Mister before Sister". Krystal" is no masterpiece either - but much better than its predecessor. At least here Macey manages to create some wonderful moments that are original and funny in themselves. In addition, he was able to gather a good-humoured ensemble around his two outstanding leading actors Nick Robinson ("Love, Simon") and Rosario Dawson, who, in addition to him and his wife Felicity Huffman, also includes Oscar winner Kathy Bates, "The Flash" leading actor Grant Gustin and musician T.I..

There are moments when the movie is simply beautiful or extremely funny. But just a few moments later, it becomes clear what the comedy lacks. Macey just doesn't want to succeed in working out the individual elements of his story properly. So some scenes are delayed so long that even if they were funny at the beginning, they are just annoying. This also applies to running gags like the doctor played by William Fichtner. His first appearance is really funny, but already at his second scene the air is out. Other aspects, on the other hand, are lost in nothingness and thus cannot fully exploit their potential.

In view of the actually nice story, the great actors and the good moments "Krystal" should work out really well. However, as much as you want to like the movie, at the end you still get the feeling that a lot of potential has been given away. Maybe the saying "cobbler stick to your last" really applies to William H. Macey. Because even though the whole thing hasn't become a total flop like "Mister before Sister", there is only one hesitant thing here: worth seeing with restrictions!

An article by Frankfurt-Tipp


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