SHORT TERM 12 Review

I wrote in my review of Kelly + Victor about how love couldn’t always overcome past abuse. The film makes a fine presentation of its theme, but it left me feeling empty all the same. I want love to triumph, and I want characters to cope with emotional trauma. Most importantly, I want that sentiment to be earned. Anything less is corny and condescending. A film has to go to dangerous places in order to earn the emotionally powerful crescendo it hopes to achieve. Destin Daniel Cretton‘s Short Term 12 goes to those dangerous places, and delivers that emotional powerhouse through the confidence of its direction, the thoughtful and surprisingly funny script, and the tremendous performances from its cast led by a breakthrough turn from star Brie Larson.



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