Film failed to deliver,
but fun to see
By Greg Ray
Special to The Daily
Beautiful cinematography and strong acting couldnít help Constellation overcome a jumbled screenplay that failed to deliver an intriguing storyline with great potential.
Constellation is the story of family dysfunction, interracial love affairs and healing. It opens in a flashback to 50 years ago.
Carmel, a young black woman, falls in love with Bear, a young white soldier being shipped off to serve. Her younger brother, Helms, watches as the romance blossoms, blooms and then abruptly tears asunder.
The tale moves to present day and Carmel has recently died. Helms returns home to settle his sisterís affairs, and in doing so, he must face the outcome of his own affairs. The result is a diverse, complicated story that suffers from cramming too much into an hour and 45 minutes.
The use of flashbacks to unravel the complexities of the story was excessive to the point of distraction.
Jordan Walker-Pearlman writes and directs this work. It was made on a minimal budget but has some excellent qualities. He often lets the eyes and facial expressions of the actors tell the story where no dialogue is needed. Pearlman also uses his camera to wrap the location around his actors.
The director is talented and has an eye for what looks good on screen. Expect him to do great things in the future.
It was exciting to see Huntsville used as a shooting location for Constellation. The entire film was shot there, and the town was an apt co-star.
The soundtrack does not stand out but is effective. Thematic elements and some adult language earn the PG-13 rating.
I give it 21/2 stars out of five.
Greg Ray, 41, is a Huntsville resident and member of Southwood Presbyterian Church in Huntsville.
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