Burning ★★★★

2019’s Phantom Thread: dense, gorgeously staged, yet often too vague and long-winded to really sell me on its thematic work, specifically regarding its critique on pent up rage. There’s a fine line between tension and passivity and I found the majority of this film to be incredibly languid as opposed to stomach churningly tense. Maybe it’s because the final scene is too obvious (sort of)? Maybe it’s because the mystery elements feel secondary to the symbolism of a naked woman dancing for five minutes? I don’t know, the film’s good regardless but I never quite felt I was experiencing the cinematic game-changer the Cannes crowd hyped it up as.