The Public (2019)
Critic Consensus: Its intentions are sometimes easier to appreciate than its execution, but The Public remains an earnest and reasonably engaging social advocacy drama.
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It's heart is in the right place in many ways, but it just outlines everything so clearly in red marker that it doesn't let you discovers things for yourself. Still, it's an estimable effort in some ways.
That everything ends on a weird happy-clappy high is indicative of a scattershot project that could have done with less ambition, more focus.
The Public presents a heartening story of triumph of good over evil, but sadly lacks the gravitas one would usually expect from these types of stories.
It's all a bit old-fashioned and earnest but with US civil liberties under attack, it's a timely celebration of humanity.
It is a film with its heart in the right place, but the dialogue and characterisation are both plonkingly unconvincing.
Making a feature that pleads the cause of the homeless is a laudable achievement, so it's all the more unfortunate that Estevez is unable to eliminate some of the obvious flaws in an otherwise compelling, and timely, drama.
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