Browsing: Destin Cretton


There’s something about realism in film that mutes the peripheral world renders an acuteness of the present. One can say that the world is full of sensationalized media that we are astounded when something seemingly authentic is presented to us. Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12 is the full-length remake of Cretton’s similarly titled short film.

Grace (Brie Larson) and Mason (John Gallagher Jr.) are supervisors at a halfway house for troubled teens. They introduce a new worker, Nate (Rami Malek) to his new workplace. They generally tell him to do his best and not to let the kids get the better of him. And it’s hard.

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After four straight months of big-budget, Hollywood-financed spectacle, it’s a welcome relief when we can finally turn our attention to smaller scale, performance- and character-driven indie dramas like writer-director Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12, a deeply affecting, resonant and—at times—devastating drama. Cretton based Short Term 12 on his post-college experience working in a group foster home. He poured that experience into a screenplay that won the prestigious Nicholls Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences (a.k.a., the Oscars). He also shot a short version of Short Term 12 as a practice run before turning to an indie-financed, feature-length adaptation.

Film Festival

Ensemble comedy abounds in American independent offering Short Term 12, writer/director Destin Cretton’s sophomore effort after the ill-received I Am Not a Hipster. Riding atop a high wave of appreciation from its SXSW debut, where it took both jury and audience awards, it’s a crowd-pleaser by default rather than design: the notes it hits are struck without sentiment, yet ring with the truths of life; the themes on which Cretton touches are the stuff of universal experience, unearthed almost incidentally. Emotional manipulation is a tool nowhere to be found in Cretton’s belt; his is a sturdy craftsmanship, an economic and ergonomic direction that manages, all the while, a stirring aesthetic finesse.