Movie Review: Lamb

Lamb navigates the difficult task of portraying a relationship between a middle-aged man and an 11 yr. old girl, both of them two lost souls looking for some redemption. Photo Courtesy: Nathan Miller
Lamb navigates the difficult task of portraying a relationship between a middle-aged man and an 11-year-old girl, two lost souls looking for some redemption. Photo Courtesy: Nathan Miller

By Taylor C. Berrier

Is it fate that binds us? Or be it destiny, chance, or something unknown. Lamb goes inside the quandary of self and objective and its characters seem to defy the very surreal atmosphere they themselves reside in. One that pumps solidly a thick fog of beauty and delight wrapped inside a cosmic black hole of ugliness that sucks everything into itself to be transformed into more ugliness. Lamb sees the soul and aims at shattering it to its core. What is real? What links us together in this world? Questions seem never ending. Well, Lamb answers.

It may all seem just a bit too complex for the ordinary human mind, but when we come together, does that capacity for complexity become stronger? Lamb seems to think so, as it journeys alongside the protagonist of David Lamb, portrayed by Ross Partridge. Lamb meets an intriguingly and differently troubled youth in the form of an 11-year-old girl. She happens to be blind to the fact that she is naive to the age difference and thus wittingly befriends Lamb the 47-year-old gentleman. Trust me, this 47-year-old gentleman is a better choice than the friends she was making previously.

The girl, who goes by Tommie in the movie, is played by Oona Laurence, a young, breakout actress who has already appeared in 2015’s Southpaw as the daughter of Billy Hope and guest spots in shows like Orange is the New Black, Louie, and Law & Order SVU. She’s building a strong resume with roles like Tommie as the star shines brighter than her adult counterpart. Partridge still performs, but as writer and director of the movie also, there are some obvious conflicts between his roles within producing this film. It’s an interesting concept on paper, but when put into being, pieces are missing, lost in translation. 47-year-old stranger befriends 11-year-old girl and wants to show her the beauty in the world.

Lamb goes beyond a simple explanation of its origin and get’s straight into playing out this story that begins knowing it has a definitive end. Can these two really become friends, or is it all dust in the wind?

Check out the official trailer for Lamb below and go find it in a theater asap, or wait for it on your favorite media streaming platform, it will get there eventually.