Human Capital (2019)

“Human Capital”, directed by Marc Meyers (“My Friend Dahmer”) is the second screen adaptation of Stephen Amidon’s novel of the same name. I have neither seen the first one nor read the book, but this version of “Human Capital”, mainly being carried on the shoulders of a great cast, is an effortful suburban tale of what happens when people get pushed to their limits, mental, physical and financial alike, a tale that sometimes hits and misses.

“Human Capital” is a character-driven drama structured in retrospective kind of way, putting a single event in the center of it and then telling each character’s journey and role in said event. This story-telling works well for the first hour, but as it progresses it also gets slower, leading into a silent and unsatisfying climax which in retrospect makes “Human Capital” feel more like a build-up in its entirety. The story and themes from which it’s weaved from is realistic, relevant and tries to touch your strings, but does so unsurely. Financial hardships, father/daughter and husband/wife relationship problems, depression, suicide, sexual freedom – all of these themes are there on some level, but they don’t connect together as well as they should’ve. It is the acting work by the well put together cast that makes up for some flaws, even the smaller roles are filled in with familiar faces and commendable performances. In my opinion, the brightest highlight shines on Live Schreiber and Maya Hawke. Visually it’s quite obvious that “Human Capital” is made on a limiting budget and seems like most of it went to the cast (well deserved, good choice), so visually it has come out a standard indie drama/thriller flick, with no extraordinary solutions or distinctive characteristics.

“Human Capital” is not a bad movie but neither is it memorable, it engages as a character-driven with enjoyable performances drama but has a knack to eventually underwhelm in most of the other areas. Recommended to those who are intrigued by its cast. My rating: 6/10.

Review by TwistedContent

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