In "The Ticket" we get to meet a blind man, who regains his vision in
the beginning of the film. When he does, he starts to pay more
attention to his exterior, starts to buy fancier things and basically
becomes an asshole.
The film was directed by Ido Fluk in a visually fine way, but in other
ways lesser good. The shots looked nice, with some good use of shadow.
They also play around with the use of focus and lighting, which really
fits the film. The color grading was nice and it reminded me quite a
lot of the film "Demolition", staring Jake Gyllenhaal, which was a
notable better film than this one. But it did make sense that the film
would look very good, because the main character is able to see again,
so the world must look gorgeous to him, which the film succeeded at
doing. I liked what they did in the beginning of the film: they put us
in complete darkness, with only the voices of characters in the
background. From that moment we know that we're seeing things from the
perspective of Dan Stevens' character: blind. But slowly the light
starts to come through the iris of Stevens, and we feel how he regains
his sight. They really sold me on that opening scene, but what was to
come, was quite disappointing in comparison to that. What the director
tried to do was to give the film a deeper meaning, which I thoroughly
understand. It's an independent film and it wants to draw attention, so
why not do it by making the film a bit odd, and by having it have a
deeper meaning. This deeper meaning though, wasn't as deep as it wants
to be. It's pretty obvious from the get-go, namely: when man is granted
something big, it's doomed to fail. The film also does get boring
pretty fast. The way characters speak in a very soft manner, the soft
colors and the slow soundtrack all made the film feel longer than it
was and made it feel very boring.
The acting wasn't a flaw, though. It was one of the best parts of the
film even. Dan Stevens, who played the main character, has proved since
2014 in "The Guest" that he's a wonderful actor. Since then he's only
been growing. This year he was phenomenal in "Legion" and in this film
to he really sold it. The kid actor, Skylar Gaertner too was pretty
good, just not as good as Dan Stevens, as he overshadows quite a lot of
the cast. Skylar Gaertner played the son of Dan Stevens and there was a
fun dynamic between the two of them. Someone else who was pretty good
is Oliver Platt, who played the blind friend of James (Dan Stevens).
The rest of the supporting cast also did quite a good job, but just
like the kid actor they were overshadowed by the wonderful acting of
The main premise was good, but not well enough explored, which is quite
a shame, because it all sounds so interesting. They only bring it up to
create some tension between Oliver Platt and Dan Stevens, because Platt
is still blind, whereas Stevens has regained sight. They glance over
the regaining sight, which I would've liked to see a more in depth
approach to. The screenplay by the way was also written by the
director, Ido Fluk. I like when directors do this, because it shows the
dedication that they put into this film, and it shows in the final
result. I liked that they evolve Dan Stevens' character, but I don't
like how they do it. We get introduced to James when he regains his
vison, it was a good scene, but due to this we don't get to know him
when he was blind, because when he regains his sight he turns into a
total asshole and I don't really get the motivation for becoming one.
So I believe that if we got introduced to him earlier, we got to
sympathize with him, so we later could understand why he changed and by
doing that the development wouldn't be as abrupt as it was now. But
only the part where he turns into an asshole was handled badly, the
other developments were more subtle and made me care more for James.
The other characters weren't highlighted as much as Stevens, which is
really understandable, because the film is told from his perspective
and the other characters really don't need any development, so I found
no problem in that.
In the end "The Ticket" was an OK film that's worth your time. The
deeper lying message was pretty obvious, but the visuals totally make
up for it. The acting was wonderful, but at times the character
motivation is lacking. That's why this film gets a 6.5/10 from me.