Departures (12) | Home Ents Review

Dir. Peter Hutchings, US, 2018, 96 mins

Cast: Maisie Williams, Asa Butterfieldm, Nina Dobrev, Ken Jeong

Review by Michelle Moore

There have been a few movies that have dealt with the taboo topic of death over the years; A Walk to Remember and more recently The Fault in Our Stars for example.

New release Departures takes things in a different direction – exploring what you would do if you knew you have limited time left in this world. It tells the heartfelt story of an impulsive teenager, Skye (Williams) who has a terminal illness. Upon hearing her time is running short she befriends Calvin (Butterfield), a 19-year-old hypochondriac who she meets at a support group. Skye recruits Calvin to aid her in ticking off some of the unusual things off her list – a more unconventional bucket list.

After spending more and more time together, Skye’s influence become a positive thing on young Calvin as he becomes more confident in himself and the things in life he was scared of begin to dissipate. He learns to confront his fear in talking to the airhostess he likes, Izzy (Dobrev) as well as become more dominant in standing his ground with the smaller aspects of life and taking more risks.

The actors chosen to portray these characters have been done so with such precision. Maisie Williams will best be known for her role in Game of Thrones but as Skye she puts on a confident front and acts as a spontaneous and unpredictable young girl but inside is terrified of what life will soon be throwing at her. Asa Butterfield has the look of a scared of teenager that would jump at his own shadow and takes this role to heart while Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries) suits the role of an understanding air hostess and Ken Jeong as a police officer is a little comical if you have ever seen The Hangover but actually works as he aids Skye in her determination to complete the items on her list.

Deparatures encourages a viewer to questions their own mortality and makes the viewer think about their own lives; what would you do in such a situation, how would you make the most of the time you had left if you knew your time was running out. There are elements of comedy within in the movie too. Some of the things on Skye’s list are fairly odd such as pretending to be a fire fighter, graffiti, stealing things, beat a lie detector test, spontaneous acts of drama in the town square, selling fried chicken, being arrested and rubbish collection. By adding this more amusing twist on a heart wrenching topic lightens the mood and puts a cheerful approach on a sad subject.

Deparatures will be available to watch on digital download from 4th March 2019 and will bring a tear to every eye.