"3 Generations tells the stirring and touching story of three generations of a family living under one roof in New York as they deal with the life-changing transformation by one that ultimately affects them all. Ray (Elle Fanning) is a teenager who has struggled with the body assigned to him at birth and is determined to start transitioning. His single mother, Maggie (Naomi Watts), must track down Ray's biological father (Tate Donovan) to get his legal consent to allow Ray's transition. Dolly (Susan Sarandon), Ray's lesbian grandmother is having a hard time accepting that she now has a grandson. They must each confront their own identities and learn to embrace change and their strength as a family in order to ultimately find acceptance and understanding." That is the official description for 3 Generations, now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Lionsgate, which has provided NewTechReview with a NFR copy for review.
I personally don't know anyone who is transgender. Actually, as far as I know, I've never even met a transgender person. As such, I have no idea how it must be to feel as if you've been born inside the wrong body. So from the start, I was interested in seeing how the story of 3 Generations played out and how it might shed some light on a topic that has become more prevalent in this day and age. Unfortunately, the film takes a bit of a wrong turn and doesn't quite live up to expectations.
The problem with the film is that although the whole story is supposed to center on Ray, his struggle, and his wanting to transition, 3 Generations focuses more on the story of his mother and her problems with her ex-husband. Ray's father also becomes a major focus because of his firm refusal to grant his consent. To take even more focus off of Ray and his angst, the movie tries to provide some comic relief with Ray's grandmother, who also can't accept the change. So, ultimately, the film focuses more on the family that it does on Ray.
There's nothing special here about the video and audio presentation of the film. The Blu-ray version of 3 Generations provides an AVC 1080p encode with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. We also get a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio track. The majority of the scenes are close-up dialogue, so there's not a lot to feature here, although Ray's skateboarding scenes provides some good audio and visual content. In addition, the film includes some deleted and extended scenes for bonus features.
It's too bad that 3 Generations doesn't provide a more clear focus on the subject for which it was intended. The one saving grace is that you get to see some fine performances from Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon, and Tate Donovan, although even they struggle sometimes with the script that they're given. If you're fans of these actors, then you might find the film somewhat enjoyable, but I can't say for sure.
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