"It’s not the happiest fare in the world, to put things lightly. In fact, the film is so deeply tied to its narrative of pure, unadulterated evil that there are solid comparisons to be made with Twin Peaks: The Return (2017), not just in terms of the “is-this-going-to-go-anywhere?” pacing, but also in its pitiless view of human beings’ propensity towards making others suffer."
"It’s a film of almost frustrating linearity, detailing events chronologically, beat-for-beat through a respectfully earnest lens. In some respects, it’s the most honest way of telling its story, but it doesn’t make for the most compelling viewing experience."
"The film presents Joe as battling to suppress these memories as they emerge at inopportune moments, conveying a vigorous internal conflict that never feels truly resolved until the film’s final moments. Joe’s traumatic past has resulted in a number of self-destructive coping strategies that we see him wrestle with constantly and which are mirrored in Nina’s equally bleak character arc."
"Mandy is a vision so ludicrously kaleidoscopic that it will (hopefully) alter the light in which Cage is viewed, and it marks perhaps the greatest synthesis between the actor and a director who matches his rhythm since David Lynch wrote a snakeskin jacket into the screenplay of Wild at Heart upon Cage’s request."
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