More than a boy and his horse story, Lean on Pete was NOT the film I was expecting. It's a deeply sad film about abandonment and trauma, and the end is just plain cathartic.
Invincible is a strange Herzog film, which is hilarious to type.
Here, we have a strange contrast of Tim Roth acting flamboyantly with nonprofessional and stilted acting around him, which creates maybe an intended effect of his hypnotist character's power.
Otherwise? Some flat story keeps this from achieving the power of Herzog's 70s and 80s fictional films.
There isn't much more for me to say about this film-- most of it has already been said and better than I could. It's such a beautiful look at the roles we play in our day to day, and the collision between art and "reality", whatever that is. This docudrama is one of the great Iranian films, one of the great 90s films, no. It's one of the great films.
Here is what I wrote about it for Abandoned…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Arrival is a science fiction film about how the journey is more important than the destination. Really Arrival is about both--the journey and the destination, hence its title.
But it's a tricky title, because it also seems to imply the arrival of the aliens to our world. It's a time old tale, but this film has a unique spin. Denis Villeneuve and his team give this film the sense of craft and gravitas he offered Sicario last year--great cinematography, sound…