What this film could've easily dissolved into was a love letter to the performance of Eddie Redmayne, which is stunning method work reminiscent of Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot, but since it was Jane Hawking's book that was the basis for this film - thus, their relationship being the central force here - what we get is a marriage of equal stories; it is them, not just him. Felicity Jones matches the physical intensity of Redmayne with complex emotions,…
Fincher continues this period of turning airport reads into art and gives this one even more visual depth than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He succeeds mainly because of his below the line collaborators, the amazing adaptation of her own novel by Gillian Flynn, and a stunning, electric turn by Rosamund Pike as Amazing Amy.
“ I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher, but above all I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man just like you." – Lancaster Dodd
Much like his character Mr. Dodd, Paul Thomas Anderson seems to be hopelessly inquisitive, and thus a confounding, enigmatic auteur and artist… which makes it hard to believe he is a big name Hollywood director. Take away Terrence Malick, and he’s probably the closest director Hollywood has that has not…
Its technical achievement is stupendous: 95 minutes, one shot. What it manages to say in that 95 minutes may be even greater as it manages to capture the ideas of life, existence, art, death, history being in the past, moving on, moving forward all within its images, camera movements, and dialogue between our unshown narrator and the man in black guide. It's a extraordinary film, one that deserves to rank amongst the greatest in cinema for its technical mastery which matches its grandiose representation of ideas. This is what great film/art is about.