Watching this with my mom was oddly liberating...
Really, though, this is one of the surprise hits of the year. From its incredible slo-mo scenes to the Kathyrn Hahn, everything works here. Well, everything except using 'Work' from Fifth Harmony. That song is a cancer to everything this tries to achieve.
I really don't get the negative reviews filing out for this one. I decided not to revisit the first three so I could come in with a pretty clean slate watching this. So as a standalone outing, this really thrives with its patented editing and strong political/moral commentaries. Some may find the Silicon Valley plot a bit out of line, but it really does add another level to keep it as modern as possible.
When you're an asshole, you lose your girlfriend.
When you lose your girlfriend, you get drunk at Harvard.
When you get drunk at Harvard, you rant on the Internet.
When you rant on the Internet, you make FaceMash.com.
When you make FaceMash.com, you crash the system.
When the system crashes, twins that row crew ask for your help (you hate crew).
When you hate crew, you steal their idea.
When you steal their idea, it becomes big.
When it becomes…
I re-watched Mud tonight to see if it could live up to my previous viewing. Much like The Place Beyond the Pines, it does add up but it actually improved. TPBTP had one of the greatest acts of the century but faltered after its first 40 minutes. Jeff Nichols’s Mud, however, doesn’t ever really falter at all – consistently great cinema.
What my re-watch showed me, was that it gets the little things right to amplify the big picture of…