Wednesday, September 15, 2021

My Best Worst Adventure (2021)

Streaming Service: VUDU
Movie Name/Year: My Best Worst Adventure (2021)
Genre: Adventure
Length:  85 minutes
Rating: Unrated
Production/Distribution: Road-Dawg Films, House of Film, Kaczmarek Digital Media Group
Director: Joel Soisson
Writer: Joel Soisson
Actors: Lily Patra, Pan Rugtawatr, Chinnapat Kitichaivaranggoon, Claudia Templeton, Eoin O'Brien, Geoffrey Giuliano, Jim S. Meesri
Blurb from IMDb:  There are worse things than death. Especially for a testy American teen sent to stay with her eccentric Thai grandmother.

Cat’s Point of View:
The trailer for My Best Worst Adventure peddled a tale of friendship found in unlikely places and both a literal and figurative journey of self-discovery. Not only did the movie deliver the goods, but the trailer managed not to spoil anything important. Some of it is edited together out of sequence, but I’m not even mad. It helped me engage with the story more.
My Best Worst Adventure is both quite the emotional rollercoaster, and also a warm blanket of nostalgia for me. I was reminded of the warm fuzzy feeling of sitting with family on a Sunday evening in 1986 (because yes, I’m old) while watching The Magical World of Disney (1954-1997) presents The Girl Who Spelled Freedom (1986). The two stories are only similar in very remote ways, and from opposite ends. The memories float to the forefront of my mind all the same.

That being said, My Best Worst Adventure is of the heartfelt and wholesome nature that all of the best Disney weekend specials were made of. Though, this production has zero to do with the House of Mouse.
My Best Worst Adventure paints a picture of a girl that had to literally travel outside her comfort zone to work through tragedy and grief. It is also a story of finding friendship in unexpected places. At the same time, a parallel tale of a young boy intertwines with her story.

The performances from Lily Patra and Pan Rugtawatr are just amazing, especially considering their utter lack of dialogue. They offer us a poignant perspective on trauma-induced selective mutism, and how they compensate. These two young actors were able to clearly emote rather nuanced performances in their impressive debut. Seriously. My Best Worst Adventure is their only IMDb credit.
This is also an unexpected film offering from writer/director Joel Soisson (Hellraiser: Hellworld, Children of the Corn: Genesis, Buffalo Rider). He has deep roots in the horror genre, and My Best Worst Adventure is lightyears away on the genre spectrum. 
If you’re looking for a feel-good adventure to join for a journey of the heart, My Best Worst Adventure is boarding now as a title available for Digital On-Demand.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score –100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score –None
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score –None
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 4/5
Trust the Dice: Parental Advisory Rating – PG
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