I haven’t seen acting like in Canvas in a long time. The best actor in the movie is Joe Pantoliano in the role of a father who has to take care of his son while his wife is taken away to a mental hospital. In a few other reviews I saw opinions that Devon Gearhart, who played the son in the film, was not capable of showing the depth of his character, but I would rather disagree. To me, he did a really good job and I think that his talent will shine in the years to come. Of course I won’t neglect to mention Marcia Gay Harden – who has the most challenging job of portraying a woman with a mental disorder – and played the role brilliantly.
Canvas is the kind of movie I wouldn’t be surprised to see shown in Sociology classes at school. It has some really strong scenes – like the one in which the mother was taken into a hospital by police. Surprisingly, I felt tears on my cheeks while watching this scene. Learning how to be a real family – father , mother and a son – could be a tagline for Canvas. At the same time, I think that it would be better if the movie was more realistic (as Stephen Holden suggested in his review). It would have made an even better drama.
Canvas 2006 Official Trailer