It has been a while since Prairie Grown Reviews has dabbled in the emotional side of movies, so today, we present to you a review of Don’t Make Me Go. Given the plot, you might assume that this movie was cheesy, and although it has its moments, it was surprisingly good. So, join me as I tell you about Don’t Make Me Go.
Should You Watch Don’t Make Me Go?
Now, the first question on your mind is probably, “Is Don’t Make Me Go worth a watch?”. And to that, I would say yes. Now, this isn’t some kind of game changer movie or anything like that, however, it was still an enjoyable watch. Since this movie is more character driven, the actors did a fantastic job in this movie. If you are into more of the emotional and character driven drams, then give this a shot.
If you’re still here and on the fence, let’s dive into a few details that might change your mind.
What Happens in Don’t Make Me Go?
First things first, let’s go over the plot, non-spoiler of course. Now, the concept of the movie is quite simple. After a few key events, father and daughter have a falling out and realize that their relationship is falling apart. After the father notices, he decides to take his daughter on a road trip to repair the growing gap. Along the way, things happen, and the two learn more about each other and grow close. As I said before, simple, but simple works. In this case, with the story grounded into this road trip, everything is straightforward and gives a sense of progression, as the characters move forward in their lives. What I also liked about the plot was that it was filled with a good balance of events. After some of the heavier, emotional moments, it was offset with a comedic one, or some of the sadder ones had bittersweet endings. Overall, solid plot, and one that most people will enjoy.
Who’s in Don’t Make Me Go?
On the character front, the protagonists are fun to follow. Max is a struggling father, who combats daily stresses of raising a girl while simultaneously suffering from a fatal tumor. Max has a surprising number of layers, considering that movie isn’t all that long. I also loved how he dealt with all the information of his health and his timeline. You can see him struggling throughout the whole movie, which makes it really easy to root for him. Besides Max, Wally was also a fun character. Although she was the typical teenager, she felt realistic, which made it easy for me to sympathize with her struggles and the outbursts she has with her father. In one word, Wally is relatable. Everything she does is within the realm of possibility, which makes the movie fun to watch.
Now, some of the side characters aren’t as memorable. Since this movie’s focus is on the relationship between Max and Wally, I can’t exactly fault them for this. The one exception would be Annie, as we do see her grow a bit, but it’s nothing compared to our main cast. As such, if you’re looking for more character growth beyond the protagonist, then this isn’t the movie for that. However, if you love movies that focuses on characters and their relationship, then give this a shot.
Overall, Don’t Make Me Go was a movie that I found myself enjoying a lot more than what I expected. Our lead characters do a great job of guiding the story, and the actors did a wonderful job portraying their characters. The story also had a strong, emotional beats. I enjoyed how the whole story flowed, along with the twist at the end. If character driven movies are your thing, then check this one out and enjoy.