One hour and forty minutes of pure, creative, kinetic, frenetic, epileptic, apoplectic chaos!
Followed by 1 minute of visual reprieve and then the end credits.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I can hardly think of a film with as small of a budget as THE VAST OF NIGHT had that looked anywhere near as good.
While I was 100% locked in on the visual aesthetic and can't heap enough praise on director Andrew Peterson, there were two, tremendous flaws: the first, kept me from fully engaging with the film and its characters, and second left, not a sour taste, but a thin film of blandness in my mouth.
What is this film?
Is it some sort of strange allegory? If so, the meaning, as of yet, remains unknown to me.
FIRST REFORMED starts off just about as straight-forward and even bland as could be, but takes a sudden tonal turn in the third act that, while it got my attention, left me scratching my head.
I generally enjoy having a movie in linger in my mind long after it ends, but it this case, I am not enjoying…
This film offers brief moments of intrigue, drama, great cinematography, but only moments. I believe the film could have gotten a greater degree of emotional investment from the audience if it had focused on either the romance between JRR and Edith OR on the four friends who comprised the TCBS. As it stands, neither gets enough attention (ie. characters or relational development), thus keeping the film a bit colder and flatter than I was hoping for.
Thomas Newman's score is…