Just trying to keep track of my many cinematic experiences! Started reviewing at the end of 2017.
Kurosawa directs a masterpiece of film noir here; it’s an incredible crime drama, at the same level as High and Low. It’s suspenseful all the way through, with exceptionally crafted scenes like the funeral-watching moment and the many surprising reveals. Towards the start, there’s some well-incorporated diegetic musical moments, and towards the end, the tense score takes control. The story is boosted by the continuous flow of meticulous compositions, with actors blocked so skillfully that they can define the frame…
Once the four men convene at the hotel, this movie is a true powerhouse, unfolding like a brilliant stage play. Every actor is at their best, playing off of each other and a phenomenal screenplay. It’s another of this year’s films that impresses with its immersion, and when it does reach outside the main space, it does so to the right extent. King’s debut tells a massive story with magnetic energy.
Pixar is at its best when its artists create fully original and moving stories, and I’m so thankful that 2020 brought us another one. The pacing is perfect, with never a dull moment, moved along by a stirring score from Reznor, Ross, and Batiste. It’s an animated movie for audiences of every age, with some stunning visuals and a unique tone that’s shaped through some great writing and editing. Definitely an entry into Pixar’s top tier.
What a wonderfully peculiar story. For me, the movie’s only real fault is the suitor backstory that takes up almost the first third, since it impedes on Babette’s screen time! Once she arrives, and the celebration close behind, the cold seaside village fills with candle light and the narrative turns completely humorous and heartwarming. As expected, I wish I could eat everything onscreen.