The true story of a small town, working class father who embarks on a solo walk across the U.S. to crusade against bullying after his son is tormented in high school for being gay.
Going in, I had an idea how this movie would play out. A dad version of the Sigourney Weaver film Prayers For Bobby came to mind. But this was different. Joe Bell (Mark Wahlberg) certainly made his mistakes but tried his best to love and accept his son’s sexuality despite the backdrop of intolerant rural Oregon. His subsequent trek across the country with his anti bullying message was a journey by foot but also an emotional and cathartic one.
I didn’t know this true story and I recommend that you don’t read up on it before the film. I’m glad I didn’t because a couple of times the story went in a direction that was completely unexpected. One, a smart director choice. The second, a tragic reality.
Performances were strong across the board. Mark Wahlberg has come a long way as an actor and he delivers an excellent performance here. Reid Miller who plays his son Jaden was also outstanding.
Will the right people see this and be impacted by it? Probably not. Nevertheless, it’s a moving story that deserves to be told.
Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green
Writers: Diana Ossana (screenplay by), Larry McMurtry (screenplay by)
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Reid Miller, Connie Britton
Country of origin: United States
Also known as: Good Joe Bell
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4
File size : 3.23 GiB
Duration : 1 h 33 min
Overall bit rate : 4 933 kb/s