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Slamdance 2019 Review: “Lost Holiday” (2019) ★★


Watching indie movies is like riding on a newly delivered train – it’s either going to break into pieces somewhere in between or take you right to your destination. “Lost Holiday” is one of those films that has charisma, but does not quite understand how to use it. It has the right premise, an excellent cast, and even a platform to use so that the story can be known. But after watching it, the problem is you will never feel like you actually cared about anything you see within those one hour and seventeen minutes.

“Lost Holiday” is not a bad movie. In fact, there are no bad movies. There are just viewers with different opinions and taste, akin to having a preference for salty food versus a spicy one. While it’s not about food, “Lost Holiday” fails to deliver anything that you would like to taste. For instance, it has the main protagonist characters, Margaret (Kate Lyn Sheil) and Henry (Thomas Matthews) who are close friends. Set in New York, it takes us to a party that’s literally uneventful and dull. Maybe that was the reason when after some time Margaret decides to track down a kidnapped Washington DC socialite (Amber Jones), like she were Sherlock Holmes, while Henry becomes the unfortunate Doctor Watson type-of-individual that follows wherever his guru goes.

I can understand that there are lots of curious citizens that are willing, and in fact, at times do solve cases that investigators fail to. However, Margaret and Henry do not look like heroes, but somehow decide to turn into ninja turtles in order to find the missing person. Well, do they find Amber Jones or not is not the main question. The most interesting part is how they are going to look for her is what you probably will be interested in most.

That said, co-written by Michal Kerry Matthews and directed by Thomas Matthews, “Lost Holiday” is lacking the passionate storytelling that could’ve taken this piece further than they could anticipate. But the result we as viewers get is not so pleasant. There will be mixed feelings throughout the movie, whether to laugh or cry at the situation, but not for the right reasons. But I also acknowledge that it could just be me who could not connect with this, and that’s totally fine. That is why, you, my most valuable reader, may choose to disregard my negative review and give it a shot. Who knows, maybe you find in “Lost Holiday” more common sense than I did. And if you eventually do, I’ll be the happiest person on Earth. Just go for it, because it’s the safest and most logical thing to do if you want to form your own independent opinion about it.

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