Joss Whedon may be busy with a new Avengers movie on the way and Marvel’s Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D due to return to our screens soon but he still managed to find the time to write this supernatural romance.
Dylan (Michael Stahl-Davies) and Rebecca (Zoe Kazan) live on opposites sides of the country but have sporadically been able to see through each others eyes since they were kids. They are also able to experience and feel what the other is going through. One day they realise they are able to communicate with each other, and relieved that they are not going crazy, strike up an odd friendship which grows into something more deeper.
The words supernatural romance may conjure up images of a Twilight type movie-fear not though, as this is a sweet little film about two people with an amazing connection. While it is unashamedly romantic, the film also has a good sense of humour, especially when Dylan and Rebecca first start communicating openly with each other. The direction by Brin Hill also bring a dreamlike quality to the couple’s interactions making their encounters more intimate.
Stahl-Davies and Kazan have a lovely chemistry with each other that doesn’t feel forced. Its even more impressive when you realise they hardly share the screen with each other, yet you are convinced by their growing relationship.
It is perhaps a slightly cheesy affair, and the plot is predictable. The outside forces stopping Dylan and Rebecca being together are underwhelming and clichéd. These villains are also more two-dimensional than the well-rounded protagonists, with Rebecca’s husband being particularly underdeveloped and there mainly to bully poor Rebecca. Its to Kazan’s credit that Rebecca doesn’t comes across as a weak damsel in distress but just a vulnerable young woman who finds strength in her friendship with Dylan.
In Your Eyes was co-produced by Whedon and his wife Kai Cole’s production studio Bellwether Pictures. Having previous released Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, I look forward to seeing their next project.
Rating 3.5/5 – romantic and cute feel-good fare