‘Blue Bayou’ Film Review: Justin Chon’s Timely Immigration Story Slips From Lyrical to Overwrought

‘Blue Bayou’ Film Review: Justin Chon’s Timely Immigration Story Slips From Lyrical to Overwrought
This review of “Blue Bayou” was first published after the film’s premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

From a distance, Justin Chon’s “Blue Bayou” seems to be a movie that would warrant comparison to Lee Isaac Chung’s Oscar-nominated “Minari” – the story of a young Korean man and his family struggling to get by in the U.S., and also to figure out his own identity in a land that sometimes feels like home and sometimes feels hostile.

But “Blue Bayou,” which premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, isn’t a quiet, artful character study the way “Minari” was. It aims to be bigger and bolder and more dramatic, which too often translates into more melodramatic. At the same time, though, the melodrama can be effective at times, and there’s an admirable urgency with which it tackles significant issues in U.
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