No one replied to my thread about it a few days ago, so I'll post it here:WARNING: HUGE SPOILERS FOR THE MOVIE 'SEARCHING'
I just got back from the theater seeing 'Searching', was curious if anyone else here knows of the film? Doesn't seem like there's a ton of hype about it, although it did get very positive reviews, and I can say with good reason, now that I've seen it.
It had a unique twist on the whole found footage format in the sense of, rather than a continuous camera "recording", the film's story was told through the feed of computer screens (a lot of it involving facetime videos), as well as news footage later in the film, and hidden cameras in one particularly clever scene.
it just felt like a really unique viewing experience that elevated it above being just another mystery/thriller movie, and on top of that, I like the angle it took with the protagonist being a single father who doesn't have a love interest, there was no shoehorned romance and I feel like single fathers (being portrayed in a positive light) are somewhat underrated these days.
The acting was totally solid, I found it convincing, it didn't feel over-acted or cheesy. when the film first started I was thinking "this is just gonna keep trying to be a heartstring tugger, huh" but once it got past the beginning the storytelling just got really brilliant honestly.
There were definitely a lot of things that weren't realistic, and a couple holes you could poke in how the plot developed, but overall it was really well-constructed with constant suspense and twists and fakeouts with how it would all end, until you get to the ending that I didn't see coming at all where BIGGEST SPOILERS OF THE ENTIRE FILM HERE BTW the MC's daughter is finally found, and she survives, and there's basically a happy ending.
there's a lot to unpack in this film in regards to parenting, loss, how the internet allows people to live different lives, etc.
one more thing, I was worried it would be boring because it was a crime film that was rated PG-13 but it was actually able to have a compelling narrative with only a tiny amount of violence or explicit content which I find commendable, it made you feel through the emotions of the characters and the mystery of the story rather than graphic violence, profanity, drugs etc.
taken from https://www.ponychan.net/oat/res/42059659.html
which I posted on the 9th