BY EMILY GAGNE*
Glee doesn’t return until later this month, but Cory Monteith’s screen send-off starts this week in his home and native land.
Monteith, who passed away suddenly in July, appears in two films — his last two ever — at the Toronto International Film Festival. The second of the two, crime drama McCanick, and will surely rile up fans of the man behind Finn Hudson.
While rumour had it Monteith’s performance cut close to his substance-abusing private life, the truth is, Monteith’s troubled street kid and hustler Simon Weeks is not seen with more than a cigarette in his dirty hands. McCanick is more about David Morse’s title character, a corrupt cop tracking Weeks, than Monteith dealing with inner demons. McCanick is the addict in this situation, unhealthily feeding on his obsession with Weeks. Monteith is put in a lot of tense situations and responds with a genuine balance between bravado and fear.
McCanick proves that, like Finn Hudson, Monteith had a bright future ahead. But instead of serving as a jumping off point to further success, the otherwise lacklustre film will remain a sad precursor to that supposedly lively tribute episode of Glee.
McCanick screens Monday, Sept. 9 at 7:15 p.m. (Scotiabank 3) and Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 10:15 p.m. (Isabel Bader Theatre).