Review: ‘Mass’ tackles the pain and grief of the aftermath of a school shooting with four powerhouse performances

Mass

There are few topics so sensitive in American than that of mass shootings. All too common, they plunge entire communities into a disarray of astonishment, grief, and a desperate need for answers that will likely never come. Fran Kranz, best known to me as a series of stoner characters in various genre films and series, aims to tackle at least some of these feelings in his debut feature as a director, Mass, which sees the parents of a high school shooter face to face with the parents of one of the victims. Let me tell you, folks: it’s a hell of a debut.

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Trailer: Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado

Oh. Hells. Yes.

Just so we’re clear, one of my favourite directors got all his friends together for 12 days and shot a modern adaptation of Shakespeare in his own house in black and white as a “palate cleanser” after doing a huge studio block buster. How is this anything other than win?

There’s a reason this is one of my most anticipated films of the year, and the trailer makes it look every bit as fun, witty, awesome, and damn cool as I was hoping.