Sundance 2017 Review: Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
Netflix has been dishing out some of the best original content in years, rivaling studios from HBO, all the way to big budget movie studios. After seeing Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, 2017 is the year that Netflix may take over the world. Well, the world of movies that is.The film’s premise is simple, but the execution is what makes this different from a forgettable straight to Netflix flop, to a festival darling that will be talked about among the masses, for years to come.
After their mother ends up in jail, two sisters turn to train robbery to support their family. Deidra (Ashleigh Murray) is the neat one of the sisters. She is money hungry and makes her income from tutoring kids at her high school. She is a smart girl, wants to attend college, but can’t help but have a pessimistic attitude about her chance of getting into a school of her choosing. On the opposite side of the spectrum, we have Laney, (Rachel Crow) a loner at her school, finding it hard to get through the day without some humiliating act happening to her directly by her peers.
The first thing I have to touch on in Deidra & Laney is its stellar cast. While most of the actors and actresses may be new to the game, they are full of energy and charisma. The chemistry between the two opposite sisters is simply charming. You love watching the two of them work together, mess up together, and eventually, try and rob a train together. The reason why such a indie premise works in the first place, the chemistry.
The film is an easy watch, with brisk pacing and quick edits, there won’t be too many bored with this one. The vibrant visual aesthetic is quite easy on the eyes, giving off a fun and poppy atmosphere in which these characters reside in.
The emotional shifts that seamlessly weave throughout the films runtime hit you like a brick wall. One minute you will be laughing at the authenticity of having siblings. The next you’ll feel uncomfortable witnessing peak high school stereotypes play out in predictable fashion. You’ll be crying at the devastation these two sister and feel at their lowest moments, and this makes Deidra and Laney a cut above the norm.
The only fault I can give the film is that there’s simply isn’t nothing new it does. Everything is predictable, the plot is just there to make these characters flesh out more, and the stakes are to exactly high. However, a wise man out in the world once said, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and that’s what Deidra and Laney achieves. It is a modern day “Thelma and Louise,” only for a younger audience, and no cliff jumping.
Deidra and Laney Rob a Train is a film for all audiences to enjoy. A fun, enjoyable and entertaining ride that will bring up on an emotional ride all the way to the caboose.
Deidra and Laney Rob a Train premieres on Netflix on March 10th, 2017