MOVIE: LOVE, ANTOSHA
STARRING: ANTON YELCHIN; NICHOLAS CAGE; CHRIS PINE; JENNIFER LAWRENCE; JOHN CHO
DIRECTED BY: GARRET PRICE
AMovieGuy.com's RATING: 4 STARS (Out of 4)
There is not a dry eye on the screen, there's not a dry eye behind the camera, and I bawled my eyes out watching Love, Antosha. That's the impact Anton Yelchin had on the world. It broke me, just hearing him being talked about in the past tense. “Antosha WOULD HAVE loved that”, says his mother. “He HAD a curiosity, that with most people degrades over time”, says John Cho. With each comment, our hearts break a little more, weeping for the life of a beautiful human being that was unfairly cut too short. For that reason, and many more, is why Love, Anthosha is one of the best films of 2019. Not just because it is a film that celebrates Yelchin's life, but because it proves that one life can show how great living can be. I honestly learned about love watching Love, Antosha. I saw myself in him. I saw my son. Life is such a precious thing and Anton teaches us to cherish it.
It would be one thing to say that as a documentary Love, Antosha does the standard things, clips of Yelchin's past work from Star Trek to Green Room, interviews with friends & family, and a bit of background of who this man was. What makes the material and the subject raise above anything standard, is that director Garret Price has gathered a collection of people that truly loved Anton. This is not just a celebration of an artist; This is a cathartic experience for everyone involved. Chris Pine. Jennifer Lawrence. Kristen Stewart. Even the late, great Martin Landau speak highly about everything that Anton Yelchin had to offer. He was, in more than so many ways, a natural talent.
What struck my emotions hard was how much director Garret Price was able to collect. Anton's mother Irina and father Viktor open up the vault of home videos, share letters that their son wrote to them, and even Nicholas Cage himself narrates various journal entries through the film. This is not just a small snippet of someones life, this is all of it. Anton's fears as an actor, his struggle with Cystic Fibrosis, and his passion for the medium. Similar to the oscar winning documentary Amy- about the rise and fall of legendary musician Amy Winehouse- Love, Antosha has the documentation that proves to you that Anton was great. From the time he could read a script or watch a movie with his parents, Anton Yelchin was far ahead of everyone. He was versatile as well, had a passion for photography in a Robert Mapplethorpe style, loved music, and was damn good at playing the guitar too. That's what makes his passing painful. It is just unfair.
Now, it's obvious that since the birth of my son, I see things in life much different than I did before. Watching Love, Antosha reminds us to cherish the moments we have as parents. Being a father is by far the scariest thing in my life, everyday. I don't want to mess him up. I don't want to be like my own father. I don't want him to have the trauma that I experienced as a kid. I worry about upsetting him, I worry about not teaching him well, I worry about how the world can push him down, and I want to protect him from all of that at all times. It is not always going to be that way, I know. It's difficult, no doubt. One thing I do know, is that Anton Yelchin lived a life his parents should be proud of. He was a beautiful artist. A great shining light in times that need someone like him more than ever. Anton Yelchin is a monumental loss to the world. I'm glad I was around long enough to see him at his best. I hope my son grows up to be like him. This is a phenomenal film. Love, Antosha.
Written by: Leo Brady