Starring: Michelle Williams, Hong Chau, André 3000, Judd Hirsch, John Magaro and Maryann Plunkett
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Showing Up is an awkward, tongue-in-cheek film that Michelle Williams carries on her shoulders. Just like her character's sculptures, Williams continues to come out glistening with new layers. The film also gives us a great supporting cast, and director Kelly Reichardt continuing her running theme of showing ways that one may care for others regardless if it’s out of duty or love. Still, as great as that all is, the film lacks a caring story, unfortunately. It just isn’t as intriguing as I had hoped.
Showing Up finds director Kelly Reichardt operating in a slightly more casual mode, but it nonetheless remains successful thanks to a surprisingly funny script and two above-average performances from Michelle Williams and Hong Chau. Williams burrows into the deepest recesses of visual artists’ eternal struggle, and her vulnerability and anxieties are shown forth from her eyes at every turn (after all, the idea of broken dreams and struggle is very much the point here). It’s Chau, though, who ends up walking away with the film’s best moments, including a bit regarding one of the film’s other principle characters: a pigeon.
This film was reviewed by Jacob and Paige as part of Bitesize Breakdown's coverage of the 2022 New York Film Festival.