I had such a good time with Kevin Chenault’s road trip dramedy. It’s spewing indie flavor with a lot of its narrative very much in the vein of Wes Anderson. It’s surreal without ever being pretentious, and it’s about two wandering souls questioning their own lives, but never gets saccharine at any moment. I was just won over by minute one, and had a great time watching these two individuals face a harsh world side by side, and travel in to a weird land.
Tod is an unemployed musician prone to living in a hotel and stealing groceries he can’t afford. He is invited to a wedding and decides to invite his ex girlfriend Lydia, a very pregnant and odd young girl who also garners her own unusual quirks. Much of “Different Drum” is based around the pair of characters not just discovering the oddities that they travel through on the way to a wedding, but the way they can connect through the most unusual sights and sounds in their road trip. What helps “Different Drum” beyond its simplistic nature, and strong writing are the stand out performances by its pair of performers. Zach Zint and Isabella DeVoy are great as the quirky couple that are looking for some kind of direction in their aimless lives.
DeVoy in particular steals many a moments with her ability to depict a troubled but cute woman who never seems surprised by anything that occurs. Even when she’s hit by a tree, she wears the patch in stride and seems to embrace the stares she builds. Director Kevin Chenault knows how to build likable and complex characters, and perfects the wandering outcasts formula that we’ve seen so prominent on gems like “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and “Harry and Tonto.” Given enough of a chance, Chenault’s “Different Drums” could be spoken of in the same ilk as the aforementioned films, since it evokes the same importance on humanity, and finding a path in a difficult world. I had a really good time with “Different Drum,” it’s a top notch dramedy worthy of the arthouse audience.