Given the scathing reviews, I didn't expect much from this, but I was pleasantly surprised. While the plot was slightly contrived (which sometimes works in its favour), Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal absolutely sell the drama — they are both terrifically engaging. The cinematography and score are also noteworthy. The film's ambiguity and frenzied middle act did well to keep me guessing, even if the eventual outcome is rather expected. Maybe my low expectations had switched my brain off a…
What a pleasant surprise this was. Fun, but with a lot of heart. It's very fantasy-action-blockbuster, but with comedy that doesn't strongarm the serious moments to the background, and with platonic relationships which aren't subservient to quips and uniform bickering. There's charm and camaraderie and tenderness in equal measure alongside the zany, riotous, and creative scenarios you might expect from a D&D campaign. I feel like I've been conditioned to rolls my eyes and wince half a dozen times in movies like this, but not this time. The more I think about it, the more I like it.
"Do you wish you had never found a heart?"
"I don't know, but... It hurts."
This film has some truly bewitching exchanges. Some of the dialogue, and much of Bae Doona's monologue, is so terrifically concocted and expressed. Couple this with the composition—the delicate camera work and Koreeda's knack for timing, knowing precisely when to linger—and it creates a profoundly poignant and strangely mesmeric account on loneliness and companionship.
Even then, the score adds yet another layer. It fluctuates between…
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I find Shunji Iwai to be one of the most interesting contemporary directors around and always go into his films with a sense of excitement and wonder. He employs a very distinct style — creating a somewhat diaphanous quality through his use of muted colours and soft focus, with a large emphasis on observation and tone with less a reliance on dialogue. Undo is very much an Iwai movie, but I wasn’t as drawn in as I have been with…