Nicholas (Max Brebant) is a curious boy and likes to draw and swim out further than all the other boys. Who are all the same age. Who all have only young mothers who look like they could form a convention of Girl With the Pearl Earring lookalikes. Who all live a a seaside town surrounded by volcanic rocks and black sand. One day Nicholas sees something in the water; a dead boy with a starfish on his stomach. He runs…
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Ben Wheatley's foray into a field in the Civil War draws you in from start to finish. Reece Sheersmith (Whitehead) is an alchemist, sent by his master to find a fellow alchemist & thief, O'Neill (Michael Smiley in top evil form). He is aided in his quest by three everyman soldiers whose ultimate aim is to go to the pub.
I am a great fan of Wheatley's previous work and he has outdone himself with this. At times both beautiful and…
Sublime. Beautiful. Mesmeric. And such perfect leads, both a mix of vulnerable and bravado. Also the costume, cinematography, direction - and the score! Wonderful. I also loved Haynes' focus on how the interactions between women are made to seem unimportant by the men in this film, almost trivial and yet the opposite is true. It's the small things that matter, like a smile across a crowded restaurant.