This film drags but most of that feels appropriate considering the content. Justine leaving her wedding to sit in a bath, take a nap and go on a walk is such a visually distinct way to depict depression. The lanterns, decorated with messages of love, flying away at the end of the wedding mimics the terrifying futility of having hope in a world destined to burn. I understand what the direction was trying to convey but sometimes I found the film so jarring to witness. Some really compelling moments but an exhausting film I am not going to watch again any time soon.
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There are a lot of problems here...but somehow they all fade away when lil cap faces thanos and his whole army. It is hugely satisfying to see the Russo brothers interweave moments of other films into this overstuffed epic. And yet even then, this film manages to find breathing space, it allows individual characters moments of quiet to explore what it means to do your duty, to love and to fail the people you love. On that note, I was…
saw it again, loved it again.
What struck me this time was how this film addressed terrifying questions like "can you live with the decisions you have made?" with depth and humour and gentleness.
Also the shots of Beth playing piano in an empty house feel especially tragic when paired with the life and colour which fills Jo's school at the end of the film. Those closing shots alongside the meticulous construction of the book Beth so desperately wanted to read feel earned and lovely.