Film review: Cas & Dylan

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Racheal Estok, Contributor Ω

Cas & Dylan played at the 2014 Kamloops Film Festival on March 8. Image courtesy Montefiore Films

Cas & Dylan played at the 2014 Kamloops Film Festival on March 8. Image courtesy Montefiore Films

Cas & Dylan is the wickedly fun journey of two unlikely friends.

The film stars Richard Dreyfuss as Dr. Cas Pepper and Tatiana Maslany as Dylan Morgan. The pair takes you on an emotional journey through the beautiful landscape of Western Canada from Winnipeg to Vancouver Island.

Dreyfuss is brilliant as Cas, an ageing widowed doctor who is no longer sure about what is right and wrong in life. Rising Canadian star Maslany shines in her role as Dylan.

Dylan, a twenty-something aspiring writer, struggles with finding out who she is and what she wants in life. Throughout their travels they both question each other’s lifestyle and eventually they realize the value of having a friend to drive you to get what you deserve in life.

Upon being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, Cas decides to go west to find peace, and, despite his reluctance, ends up travelling with Dylan.

In their newly acquired carrot-coloured V.W. Beetle, Cas and Dylan keep the banter going and a hilariously delightful relationship blossoms. The unlikely pair drives through never-ending Canadian Prairies and the picturesque Rocky Mountains on a trip that neither will ever forget.

Dylan is young, brash and curious, while Cas is rigid, sarcastic and private. Their road-trip relationship is not without disagreements (he likes bluegrass, she likes rock ‘n roll), chaos and a touch (okay, a lot) of sarcastic, witty humour. The film beautifully shows a connection of an unlikey pairing of two people who view the world very differently.

Canadian-born actor/director Jason Priestley delivers his feature film directorial debut without disappointment. While the story may be nothing new, what makes this movie wonderful is the great chemistry between the two characters on their journey of self-discovery.

The film is inspiring, funny and heartfelt. This perfect blend of comedy and drama is sure to make you laugh and cry.

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this heartwarming and hilarious road trip movie. The film is slated for release in select Canadian theatres April 4.