Watching this last night after the Vikings game was perfect. This movie stretches the feeling of those final two minutes into two hours - except that unlike Rocky, the Purple didn't just go the distance; THEY WON!
I went into The Fallen Idol expecting something akin to The Third Man but the film wound up reminding me more of De Sica's The Children Are Watching Us. Both films tell complex, mature stories through the eyes of characters who don't understand what they're seeing. It's a trope that could easily go wrong (I was just ranting in my review of 28 Weeks Later of how obnoxious it is having children as main characters in movies for adults) but in these two films it's pulled off perfectly.
What a mess. Rian Johnson has claimed he had near total freedom on The Last Jedi. I sincerely hope that's not true. If it is then I've overestimated him as a film maker.
I'll get into spoilers a bit lower down but first a few non-spoiler thoughts. In terms of the three Disney Wars to date, this ranks squarely in the middle. Not nearly as bad as Rogue One but quite a bit below The Force Awakens.
My hope had…
This is the type of movie that, unfortunately, almost never gets made these days. It's a brilliant exercise in the slow burn, in cinematography, in acting, and in the creation of a tangible world.
Robert Eggers has cited The Shining as an inspiration for The Witch. While this film isn't quite as successful, the influence is definitely there in the best possible way. Both films build their tension slowly, infuse every scene with a sense of wrongness, and earn their…