Watched Jun 08, 2012
Zack McGhee’s review:
Rating could almost certainly go up to at least four stars on a second viewing. It was a full house at the Alamo, and one of the few times that inexperienced staff and/or (more likely) customers were distracting with their food, in addition to what seemed like a constant yet unidentifiable murmuring throughout the theater. This phenomena abated by the end of the first half, and indeed I liked the second half much more. On top of this, in some ways movies that completely defy my expectations tend to suffer for it on first viewing. (In this case in terms of tone: widely advertised as "a delight," there's an undercurrent of sadness that I think I found off-putting, but in all likelihood, had I been better prepared for it, might have struck me as profound.) Utterly charming, beautiful to look at, and a cast of characters so rich you can't help but feel so many of them are underutilized. The kids are great though. Shot in Super 16, mastered in 2K, and seen by me upconverted via Sony 4K digital projection, I nevertheless think 35mm would better suit a second viewing, which I plan to get to later in the month once the crowds have died down.