when bruce searches culver uni’s research database, every paper title that flashes across the screen is genuine, but every author attribution is phony. metaphor for marvel? still, this is of a different age—so (relatively) few jokey-jokes, so much willingness to linger quietly on strained & restrained emotion. even the colour palette allows for the full darkness possible on celluloid, with none of the feel-good tv photography feige’s forced since. fitting, given the film’s explicit turn to melodrama (‘general, please… dad!’) and…
perfectly-postured pastiche but minorly too minimalist. no, that’s not fair; you all know by now that nothing’s maximal enough for me. (three things are never satisfied, etc.) unfortunately, in sharp technicolo[u]r contrast with fassbinder’s thoroughly kaleidoscopic interrogation of sirk’s formula, haynes settles for broad-strokes both-sides broadsides of liberalism—at least, if he doesn’t, he slaps us with herrings scarlet, crimson, and vermilion. which i guess is to be expected; this has, after all, probably the richest colour palette of any 21st-century film. just a pity its politics aren’t quite so acutely observed.
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i don’t like being contrarian. i mean, i love championing underappreciated films, but slamming something this immediately beloved feels awful and cynical in a way i never want to be. and i wanted so much to love this. but to me, it feels like this year’s world of tomorrow: a universally-acclaimed 101-level (and at times completely false) treatment of certain scientific ideas in service of a startlingly reactionary message. i really understand your potential objections to this characterisation, because i…
so imagine demy (but, like, only an okay version) directed detention (but, like, only an okay version) and sprinkled on its four corners the blood of badlands (but, like, only an okay version) and wrapped the whole thing up in the hide of bojack horseman (but, like, only an okay version). i adore musicals with all my heart & mind & soul & strength so please know it is with a heavy heart (& mind etc.) i must announce: this is aggressively mediocre.…