Directed by Craig Roberts
Starring Emile Hirsch, Craig Roberts, Richard Harrington, Mark Lewis Jones and Sai Bennett
In a small Welsh town where people talk to themselves we meet Jim, a lonely teenager who is given the chance to increase his popularity when a cool American kid moves in next door. Written and directed by Craig Roberts, who also plays the lead role.
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★★★★ review by Cheyenne Brown on Letterboxd
It's official. Craig Roberts is a triple threat! Not only can he act well, but he's a wonderful writer and director, too.
Just Jim is an impressive debut. Just Jim is a story of broken, lonely, people dealing with the reality of the world they're in. I found the film to be a different kind of coming of age story- Half witty mumblecore, half psychological thriller. As strange as that sounds, it works. As the characters and situation progress, the film's tone slowly eases into a more serious place.
I instantly fell in love with the clever dialogue. Although the film is depressing and cynical, there is some humor. It's witty despite not having many hilarious moments. In addition to that, Roberts pays great attention to detail. For example, the state of the gate outside Jim's home matches his emotional state. I found that to be a very creative detail.
Although the editing and cinematography is a little rough, the film is immensely enjoyable.
I cannot wait to see what Craig Roberts creates next. (And he doesn't need to be so self deprecating because he has a lot of potential.)
★★★½ review by David Jenkins on Letterboxd
Craig Roberts could be our Xavier Dolan (in a good way).
★★★½ review by justine ✨ on Letterboxd
Listen. I’m not gonna pretend I understood half of what was going on in this film. It’s like David Lynch peed out his own distorted Fight Club fan fiction and forced me to drink it. I’m gonna try to pretend I didn’t enjoy it.
★★★★ review by soph musa on Letterboxd
charlotte knows why i'm watching this
★★★½ review by HighonFilms on Letterboxd
He ain't Jim Jarmusch, he ain't Jim Carrey, he is Just Jim.
Had Lynch directed Fight Club with young Leonardo DiCaprio as Tyler Durden, it wouldn't look something like this, but the world young Craig has created is equally strange and wonderful.
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