Don McKay – Movie Review
Don McKay, a high school janitor who leaves his hometown after a tragedy, returns 25 years later to rekindle a romance with his old flame, who is dying, but this homecoming brings McKay more than he bargained for.
Don McKay is one of those movies that really sounds great on paper. It’s got Thomas Hayden Church in it, Elizabeth Shue, Melissa Leo, who now inexplicably goes by Melissa Chessington Leo. As the movie opens, Thomas is working as a high school custodian who gets a note from his old girlfriend that says she dying and can he come home to visit her. The problem is, it’s not a bad idea for a story, but there is a writer and director who this is his debut feature film, and boy can you ever tell it. The idea of somebody writing and directing a film for the first time, is really one of those ideas that sounds again great on paper, and doesn’t work because if you’re a first time director, you’ve got to focus on directing. If you’re a first time writer, you’ve go to focus on writing. The problem about doing both is that the director doesn’t edit the writing, doesn’t say this is poorly written, and the writer doesn’t say to the director “you’re not moving my story along”. So this is a story that also has the great M. Emmett Walsh, James Rebhorn, and Keith David in it. So it’s got a terrific cast, although you wonder why some of these people got involved in it. It just doesn’t work at all. You don’t care about any of the characters, it gets too cute by half. So this is sort of a great cast not doing much with what they’ve got. It’s a mess, I’ll give it one and a half stars because I’m feeling generous.