the books of john

“The Books of John”

Three Lives

Amos Lassen

“The Books of John” is not a new film and in fact it was released in 2007 and I reviewed it then. I went back to have another look and found my opinion had changed. It seemed very amateurish to me when I first saw it and it is to a degree but I have mellowed and saw things that I missed back then. Aside from that, I have always felt it was the job of a reviewer to encourage so hopefully this review will do just that.

The film follows the lives of three different people in the South. Frank McLean finds himself alone after the sudden death of his partner; Will, a party boy and friend of Frank’s is in an open relationship and he cannot understand why Frank has taken his lover’s death so hard and Caryn who has lost her love to Jen, Frank’s best friend because she did not come out to her parents and Caryn realizes that he has made a mistake by letting her get away. Then we have Trevor who is living in small town Alabama with his grandmother and he is her only family. Trevor’s mother died years before.
These lives all come together in the hopes of finding happiness and love. The actors are all amateurs and they deal with a really foolish storyline but I was touched by the efforts they put into the film even though some of the plot is ridiculous. Now I have read some really scathing reviews of this film and I want to say that it is not that bad. Some of the dialogue makes one groan and the scenes are very quick but by and large I found the film entertaining in its own way. It made me think about my life and where I am going and I won’t say anymore about the plot so as not to spoil it. Give it a try— I do not think you will be disappointed.