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