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It did succeed at giving me a sense of existential dread and the ending was effective (at least before the terrible post-credits scenes), but it absolutely should’ve been no more than 95 minutes at most.
Some other scattered thoughts:
—Nice to see Leo having fun post-Oscar
—The Chris Evans cameo was incredible, although I’d be fascinated to hear what he thinks he’s mocking there
—Jennifer Lawrence kissing Timothée Chalamet felt like a real passing of the “hot young critically acclaimed star” torch moment
—Streep, Blanchett, Rylance, and especially Hill are shockingly bad. Like, almost unwatchable
—Where were the jokes??
It really can’t be overstated how ambitious, creative, and exuberant this is. Jon Chu’s background as a dance director is a huge asset when it comes to staging big production numbers like “96,000” and “Carnaval del Barrio.” And I was incredibly impressed by his commitment to abstract theatricality in “Paciencia y Fe,” a number most directors would’ve filled with standard flashback montages. It feels like Chu is the first director since Rob Marshall to really set out to push the…