ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE (2022)
Though it takes place in an optimistically tolerant reality, Anything’s Possible is a satisfying, important step forward for romantic comedies in general and a worthy first outing for first-time director Billy Porter.
When Kelsa (Eva Reign), a transgender high schooler, starts dating Khal (Abubakr Ali), they together experience the trials and tribulations of exciting new love. The film is part familiar trope and part pushing the envelope, tackling refreshing topics that deserve to be explored in such respectful ways. Reign is a powerful presence from start to finish, Ali a fitting partner on screen. Renée Elise Goldsberry is a scene stealer, however, delivering emotionally charged dialogue as Kelsa’s mother that represent that will have you hanging on every word.
Porter’s direction is snappy and refined with modern touches that show a lot of promise for his career in the director’s chair. The writing isn’t the snappiest, much of the dialogue familiar and cheesy, especially in the first half. Anything’s Possible really delivers in the second half, the romance fully realized and the actors each giving it their all. Add in a really hip, energetic soundtrack and you have an overall solid film that will go down as an important, accessible entry in the genre. For some it will be a comfortable exploration of familiar topics with the rare representation on screen while others will feel themselves challenged, but never bombarded. More of this, please!
Anything’s Possible is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Photo from The Hollywood Reporter