• Cinephilia

    Review: Wildlife


    Sometimes, when an actor says he or she is actually interested in directing, there’s a collective eye-roll from those within earshot. It’s like a singer saying “But what I really want to do is…act!” These talents don’t often overlap, making those who have successfully made the leap from one discipline to another all the more impressive. Add Paul Dano to that list of the latter, those who’ve earned their bragging rights as a multi-hyphenate. His directorial debut, Wildlife (which he co-wrote with Zoe Kazan, adapted from a book by Richard Ford), lands squarely in the “impressive” camp as it explores a nuclear family’s breakdown in the 1950s from the perspective of only child…