Any Day Now is a film for the times starring Alan Cumming (X-Men 2) as Rudy Donatello, a drag performer who suddenly finds himself in the custody of an abandon child with Down Syndrome. Earlier in the film Cumming meets a district attorney named Paul (Garret Dillahunt; Deadwood) who later helps him when he decides to go to the child’s mother, now in prison, to get temporary custody of the boy, instead of allowing him to get tumbled into the foster care system. All goes well as Paul and Rudy manage to save the boy, but when their relationship as a homosexual couple becomes public the legal battle ensues.
There is a lot going on in this day and age when it comes to same sex couples. Gay men and women want the right to marry one another. Some people don’t want that to happen, citing everything from religious inclinations to fear that gay marriage will lead to people marrying their pets. In any case, this film takes a look and makes an example of that current trending topic by loosely using an event that happened in the 70’s.
When I saw Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards and Django Unchained (stay with me here), I loved them, but also saw that what he did was give his audience a couple of isms that anyone can get behind. In Inglorious Bastards it was the Nazi’s and in Django Unchained it was slavery and racism. You may hate Tarantino’s work and overbearing use of blood and foul language, but when it comes to the villains in both those films, everyone is rooting for the good guys. Any Day Now is a lot like that, using intolerance and hate as a backdrop for the film, whose real hero is love, even if at times the film coasts on the fact that most sensible people will side with the two gay men.
It seemed like everybody in the film was pretty much set against homosexuality; a cop that busts Rudy and Paul and threatens to kill them, the court system, your average citizen. At times it felt a little forced, and why? Like I said, most sensible people are going to get it. Forget about gay and straight, forget about religion and social pressure, the film is really about what’s right for one boy who pretty much has no one and the two people, the only two in the world of the film, that care for him unconditionally. Yeah, the film is a little overbearing driving the gay rights message but overall I really enjoyed it. It’s a conversation piece and is current with our day and age.
I was a bit unimpressed with the picture quality of the film. It’s halfway decent when you get close ups or the film is bathed in natural light, but for the most part color gets sapped by low light and an unnatural hue that settles over the film. I’m not sure if this was just the extent of the film quality for the budget or if this was intentionally done to give the film its often poor look to coincide with the year it was set in. In any case it’s not the best Blu-Ray, though certainly not the worst.
~Making of Featurette
~Getting To Know Isaac: An interview with the actor that plays the child Paul and Rudy take in.