Oh Ava, a different twist on the femme fatale . . . More like a frightening twist, there were a lot of frightening things about this film, and at the same time entertaining. But when you think about how close this scifi film shadows our reality, it will scare the shit out of you. I got goosebumps at the end and felt the brilliance of Alex Garland, this film got the full 5 stars, looking forward to what's next for Garland :)
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I liked what this movie was doing and I really thought it was an intelligent artistic view of what it is like to be a childless forty something couple in NYC. I did enjoy the film overall, but the ending kinda spoiled it for me. I think I would have liked the film more if it didn't end with a baby, but the two on a plane to Paris, that would have made more sense to me. So because of the ending I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
My initial thoughts of the film is that the cinematography, Michael Keaton, and Edward Norton were phenomenal. The women roles in the film, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, Lindsay Duncan, and Amy Ryan were not as strong, like the supporting of the supporting roles (ie. Edward Norton), which was slightly disappointing, but overall I appreciated the lightness (hence bird and flying) this film carried, and how reality and fantasy blended together, using the stage as the place where the two combined. Brilliant :)
Watching this film reminded me how brilliant Phillip Seymour Hoffman is, because I forgot he was even there, I just saw the character, Truman Capote. Which makes me sad in a way now that he's gone, but his legacy is shown through his talent and makes Capote shine. There's a lot of talent in this film with Catherine Keener, Clifton Collins and Chris Cooper, but PSH is the string that holds the story and the talent together. I feel there are going to be a lot of films made in the future that would be greater with PSH holding it together. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman!