My review of “The Discoverers” starring Griffin Dunne + official trailer, stills, poster
“If history is written by the winners, what happens to the rest of us?” That’s the enigmatic first line in The Discoverers, establishing, without hesitation, the nature of the incisive character study that’s about to wash over us.
Meet the Birches. Madeleine Martin is quirky Zoe, who turns 15 on the journey that's about to unfold, possessing an acerbic dry wit that helps put the polish on an already sharply literate script. Then there’s Devon Graye, whose 17-year-old Jack presents himself as the typical sullen, sensitive, emo teen – he barely utters a word as he quietly displays his artistic skills in the drawing pad he carries around. Indie icon Griffin Dunne is dad Lewis, a one-time brilliant history professor and budding author whose latest work on pioneer explorers Lewis & Clark has been adding pages like an out of control literary virus over the course of 20 years. Finally there’s the legendary character actor Stuart Margolin as Stanley, the once-proud grandfather whose personal crisis will bring the four together, an admittedly overused device that takes the audience in surprising directions. Every individual breaks type and defies convention as the narrative progresses – you think you know what’s coming, but…stay tuned.
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