JR, an aspiring news-anchor/actress, essentially forces her underachieving younger brother Colin to embark on a road trip in which they will pickup her belongings from her professor-turned-lover's apartment. This brother and sister don't exactly get along, and as they embark on this road-trip the two spend more time bickering at each other than actually trying to relate. Alex Ross Perry's The Color Wheel is a refreshing comedy/drama that essentially deconstructs the animosity and rivalry which siblings share in one of the most awkward and unsettling resolutions in recent memory. Shot in a clunky, black and white aesthetic the film beckons back to early Cassavetes in its reliance on a strong screenplay and intentionally enigmatic characters. Alex Ross Perry infuses the film with this rapid-fire dialogue that supplies tons of laughs while also showing a strong ability to comedic timing and framing. As we follow JR and Colin on their cross country journey they interact with various characters, from strangers to old friends, with it ultimately becoming apparent that neither JR or Colin tend to get along with much of anyone. We see how JR's old former high school friends put on a front, but clearly despise her when she isn't looking. JR and Colin have this sibling animosity when in actuality they are all each other really has. Many will have major problems with the ending of the film but to me it was simply an exaggerated reality, showcasing the affection that both JR and Colin have come to realize they have for each other after going on their roadtrip. Even if everyone else doesn't like them, they can confide in each other and I think this is what the ending was really getting at. Alex Ross Perry's The Color Wheel is certainly a unique film that delivers a unique, albeit offsetting, viewpoint of sibling rivalry while also supplying a ton of laughs.
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