The Public Reviews
"The Public" is an important film with a great message. It shows the plight of Cincinnati's homeless and the Library's struggle to provide for them. Having worked with the homeless for 30+ years, including starting a "Streetwise" homeless magazine in Chicago, I think Emilio hit it out of the park with his portrayal of the homeless. Its' not an easy issue and not a problem that can be solved with a "bake sale", to steal a line from the movie. I will tell you one thing, once someone is homeless, its very difficult to get out. Regardless of WHY they got there.
It took Emilio 12 years to write and get the movie made and one of the reasons is that it is such a deep problem and it takes years to understand. Emilio also stars in the Movie, along with Alec Baldwin. It is not a heavy movie, rather it is uplifting and informative. The current audience review score is 93 on Rotten Tomatoes. I went with my Suzanne and friends Charlie, Donna and Gandi to see it for the second time Saturday, and they all loved it. And you will too. Its been out for a while so don't wait! Its at TinselTown in North Aurora at least through this Thursday and hopefully another week! Please check it our and tell your friends. You won't be disappointed!
I'm sorry but the homeless people in this film are easy to like
and sympathetic unlike the real homeless people who shit and piss and shoot up and trash our libraries and all public areas. The homeless in this film seem easy and sane but in reality: they are crazy ass motherfuckers who are a danger to all and the fucking worst! Please don't paint homeless people as nice guy martyrs because they aren't. Also, I'm not a trump supporter so please don't even come at me with that ï¿ 1/2 1/2' (C)
And Cincinnati shines -- the architecture, the street scenes, the (some recognizable) locals, hired as extras -- especially the true star of the movie, our incomparable Public Library.
Estevez, Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater put on strong performances. Michael Kenneth Williams is extraordinary as Jackson---the organizer of this civil disobedience act. Although Taylor Schilling delivers a believable character---it is one that I feel could be left out. Beyond this, there are few flaws. Estevez has done his research and on the elements he did not know enough about--homelessness in the library--he reached out to the experts.
An insightful look into a humanitarian crisis but fear not--one filled with both humor and humanity.