There’s no shortage of bad things happening to good people – Same Kind of Different as Me (DVD Review)

Same Kind of Different as Me is an incredibly inspiring true story based on The New York Times best-selling book. Successful art dealer Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear) and his wife Debbie (Renee Zellweger) seemingly have the perfect life. However when their faith and family are tested, an unlikely bond with a homeless drifter (Djimon Hounsou) leads them on a remarkable journey that forges an everlasting friendship.

Renee Zellweger is famously known for playing the foul mouthed, overweight and unlucky in love protagonist in Bridget Jones’s Diary, however in this film we see her take on a very different role. It’s refreshing to see Zellweger portray such a different character, and she does so perfectly. Debbie’s pure, kind soul is apparent for us all to see and shows how simple acts of kindness can make huge changes to people’s lives.

Hounsou is also fantastic in his role, although portrays a much more unlikable character. He plays the very angry, frustrated and violent Denver – reluctant to accept Debbie and Ron’s help and rather volatile to approach. But it soon becomes clear why Denver is like how he is. Years of misfortune and being mistreated have made their mark and takes time to heal. Once the audience can put a reason behind Denver’s unfriendly behaviour he suddenly becomes a character we care about, he suddenly becomes more human. We can all relate to having bad things happen to us, and perhaps acting in ways we’re not proud of as a result of those bad things. Denver is not actually a bad person, just a person whom bad things have happened to.

His blossoming friendship with Debbie and Ron is beautiful to watch and inspiring to say the least. Kinnear and Hounsou share great on screen chemistry, it is very believable. We see Ron gradually begin to earn Denver’s trust and bring down walls that Denver has held up for many years. It will make you evaluate your own friendships and maybe even the way you view certain aspects of life, as Ron says – there’s no shortage of bad things happening to good people. But despite this sad reckoning, Same Kind of Different as Me proves the importance of kindness and the positive difference it can make no matter what happens.

The film is slow paced and there aren’t any car chases or shoot outs. It’s based on a true story, portraying real people’s lives – there’s no Hollywood makeover. It’s a thought provoking film, meaning it may not be everyone’s idea of entertainment. Same Kind of Different as Me may be a little too slow for some people, however it is a film I highly recommend watching even if it’s not your thing.

I also highly recommend keeping a box of tissue nearby, it might come in handy towards the end. Same Kind of Different as Me is a film everyone should watch at least once.

Same Kind of Different as Me is available on DVD now.

Dir: Michael Carney
Prd: Cale Boyter
Scr: Michael Carney, Alexander Foard, Ron Hall
Starring: Renee Zellweger, Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou
Year: 2017
Country: USA
Music by: John Paesano

 

 

 

 

Same Kind of Different as Me is available on DVD now.

Dir: Michael Carney
Prd: Cale Boyter
Scr: Michael Carney, Alexander Foard, Ron Hall
Starring: Renee Zellweger, Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou
Year: 2017
Country: USA
Music by: John Paesano