Waves (2019)

Waves (2019)

2019 136 Minutes

Romance | Drama

A controlling father’s attempts to ensure that his two children succeed in high school backfire after his son experiences a career-ending sports injury. Their familial bonds are eventually placed...

Overall Rating

7 / 10
Verdict: Good

User Review

  • Waves is an elaborately woven tapestry of stress, ethics and forgiveness, using its heartbreaking premise to explore the most rudimentary human emotions at an incredibly complex level. The film boasts expert cinematography, and a sure vision, allowing our characters and their environment to soak into our skin and collective retinas. Featuring star making turns from Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Taylor Russell, Waves uses the voices of the youth to tell a story of both race and time - juggling the hard realities of adolescence with other race specific idiosyncrasies. While the film exudes the director Trey Edward Shults' patented artistic bravado, sometimes it can come off rather as a gallimaufry of concepts, rather than one cohesive story; however, one could see this as only serving the narrative of a broken family even further, thus lending itself to a metaphysical level of filmmaking. Waves may juggle a lot for one movie, and it does take a while to get running, but when it does, it reaches peaks of storytelling that very few can parallel.