Gemini (2017)

Director: Aaron Katz
Writer: Aaron Katz
Cast: Lola Kirke, Zoë Kravitz, John Cho, Greta Lee, Ricki Lake, Michelle Forbes, Nelson Franklin, Reeve Carney, Jessica Parker Kennedy, James Ransone
Seen on: 14.9.2018

Jill (Lola Kirke) is the personal assistant to starlet Heather (Zoë Kravitz). She is efficient in her job as she follows Heather around and smooths over the edges of her life. And there are many edges – from disgruntled exes to Heather trying to get out of a film she already committed to. At the end of the day, though, Heather is still frayed and asks Jill to leave her gun with her, a request that becomes more fateful than Jill could have anticipated.

As much as I enjoy watching Kravitz and Kirke, Gemini didn’t manage to convince me, neither of the story nor the characters. But at least it wasn’t boring.

The film poster showing Zoe Kravitz and Lola Kirke superimposed over the upside down image of a street lined with palm trees.

Gemini is a textbook example of a story that is over-constructed. Every little bit is planned, which is not in itself a problem, but when all the planning is needed because all the pieces of the story are just completely unlikely, well then it starts to get tedious. And that was unfortunately the case with Gemini.

And it was not just its story, either. It was the characters as well. I just didn’t believe them. They never really became people to me. Instead they remained cyphers propelled along by the plot, instead of shaping the plot with their decisions. Plus, the film’s waste of John Cho is practically criminal.

Lola Kirke in the film.

But despite all of this, the film did manage to keep me interested and never became boring. Plus, it has an interracial, queer love story, so that’s pretty cool. Even though that part of it was done rather sensationalistically, so I didn’t entirely love that, either.

At least the film culminates into a pretty strong ending. The way things don’t change becomes a pretty critical statement about celebrity culture, which is nice. But it doesn’t really make the rest of the film any better.

Zoe Kravitz and Lola Kirke in the film.

Summarizing: oh well.

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