The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (2017): Drama / Mystery / Romance

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I don’t know how to begin or even elaborate on my admiration and simultaneously my frustration on “The Vanishing of Sidney Hall”. One feeling at a time I guess…

A young, talented writer becomes successful immediately after his first publication and inexplicably disappears into thin air. Shawn Christensen, pens, produces, and directs an ostensibly simple story, which he develops intricately, unfolds beautifully, and delivers didactically. Sabine Hoffman’s editing is stupendous, Daniel Katz’s cinematography is mesmerizing, and Logan Lerman, Margaret Qualley, Elle Fanning, Michelle Monaghan, and Kyle Chandler are shinning in front of the camera.

So, that’s the admiration part. Here comes the frustration… Not even one nomination!!! I guess we have the critics to thank for that who ignorantly saw past it. Whose perceptual inability prevents them from conceptualizing Sidney Hall’s depth, magnitude, and complexity. “The Vanishing of Sidney Hall” is poetry on screen. It is really a shame not to give it the chance it deserves. The chance the critics never did.

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