davidehrlich’s review published on Letterboxd :
[this is kind of a review wrapped into a long profile of Mike Mills, The National, and Alicia Vikander. but long story short the film is beautiful and you should watch it]
The National were supposed to take a break. They sure as hell deserved one. After 20 years of tirelessly burnishing their reputation as the country’s most consistent rock band — after selling almost 1 million records, becoming President Obama’s de facto campaign soundtrack, and laying down the definitive rendition of “The Rains of Castamere” along the way — a little time off sounded like a good idea. The National had just released “Sleep Well Beast,” their emotionally fraught seventh album, and this traveling circus of middle-aged dads was just one quick massive world tour away from the breather they’d been chasing for so long. “Let’s just survive this” is how lead singer Matt Berninger sums up the group’s shared attitude at the time.
And then, on September 3, 2017, filmmaker Mike Mills sent Berninger the email that changed everything.