Just about the most unabridged fun I've had with any Marvel film, largely because it accepts how little it matters in the grandiose, downbeat dramatic scheme of the MCU. It's not setting any tables. It's not even laboring to make things dramatically compelling. Its stakes remain small, but only enough so they can focus on magnifying what matters. It's a quiet, humble affair, and I suspect it may hold up really nicely as a result.
I'm gonna go moan about the isolating social landscape of assumed heterosexuality.
The worst part of 'Inside Out' was its lazy presumptions on gender identity. That's much the same here, where mom's sexuality is Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" and Dad's sexuality is ACDC. C'mon, mom! Break that crap with some FKA Twigs!
I’ve never been in a romantic relationship yet, which is not to say I’ve never been in love before. Films about love and films about romantic relationships don’t go as necessarily hand-in-hand as they might seem, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is chiefly about the latter. There are particular rhythms to relationships that are perhaps most easily noticed from outside them, and if you can track those rhythms predictably enough, who’s to say you can’t destroy them? That’s…