The great special effects are even more spectacular in this stunning new film. But the best and worst aspects of Jackson's previous success are also on display. There's lots of fairy-tale charm, magnificent vistas and strange creatures in the story. But there's way too much carnage in the relentless battle scenes.
Disgusting goblins, trolls and orcs constantly attack our heroes. The resulting combat is a drawn-out slaughter of the bad guys that is not appropriate for younger children. With a nearly three-hour running time, these extended violent scenes poison the magic that should be the center of the tale.
Marco's mother is sent to jail, and in short order Rudy and Marco move in with Paul. The boy, who has Down syndrome, thrives in their care — he goes to a special school and gets bedtime stories with cheerful endings and the occasional donuts he so loves.
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Garret Dillahunt is good as the conservative Paul, and while the lovers' relationship is idealized, the warmth and commitment between the two never wavers.
"Any Day Now" is a straight-on look at the prevailing attitudes toward homosexuality 30 years ago and how easy it is for a child to slip through the cracks of the system. Look for some wonderful singing from Cumming in this earnest, touching film.