Neruda ★★★½

If nothing saves us from death, at least love should save us from life

Neruda is Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín's second biopic out this awards season. Yet, unlike Jackie, Neruda is a film crafted with less careful pacing, even if it's stunning cinematography rivals, and at points surpasses, that of Jackie.

The result is a film that starts too quickly, barely giving those not already acquainted with poet-senator time to imbibe his place in the swirling intrigue of Cold War Chile. And, then, it drags when it should be ramping up. In fact, had a strict editor passed over the film, the movie could have been cut down significantly.

Still, the performances and cinematography ache with the same style of Haynes' resurrection of Lean's melodramas - Carol. And, in its climax, Neruda ends on a climactic chase that carries an urgency that should have been felt through the remainder of the picture. Still, it's worth seeing if only for the performances. I give Neruda a 3.5/5.

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