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Wildcat Review | An Overindulgent Portrayal of a Literary Icon

Wildcat explores the formative early life of celebrated Southern Gothic novelist Mary Flannery O’Connor through vivid depictions of her imaginative writing process. The deeply devout O’Connor struggled to reconcile her Catholic faith with artistic ambitions while suffering from debilitating lupus. Director/co-writer Ethan Hawke, scion Maya Hawke, and a venerated supporting cast revel in an overindulgent portrayal that confuses creative expression for substantive depth. A ping-pong structure, where the ensemble plays multiple characters, grinds the pacing to a cinematic drip. There’s a lot of effort on display. That’s appreciated, but the experience becomes arduous and unfortunately forgettable.

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