My Rating Reference :
Each ½ star equals 1 point; therefore ★★★★★ = 10!
A leisurely, slightly dull stroll with an aging, retiring gangster and his idiotic friend. With prolific slapping, surprising drug use and nakedness, and a small explosion of violence at its end. Whereby, the same question is raised to both its protagonist and viewer - was it really worth it? Well... just about.
Zhao's impressive debut feature is a beautifully composed, naturalistic portrait of life on a Native American reservation, with all that that entails. A society impoverished in every sense, still shaped by historical sins; ravaged by poverty, broken homes, mental illness, alcoholism and violence. Its story divulged through its visuals moreso than its words, with emotion laid bare by remarkable performances from its talented non-actors. Yet, while the past weighs heavy, Zhao gives optimism that the new generation can forge their own future.
With Interstellar, Nolan strives for a similar profoundness to that found in 2001: A Space Odyssey but he doesn't quite achieve the level of Kubrick's masterpiece; his reach does extend his grasp somewhat.
It has a fairly hefty runtime yet the film still feels a little rushed throughout. Its a bit disjointed with cuts through to certain scenes, such as, the shift from earth to space. I can understand this to a certain extent due to its already lengthy runtime…
Never less than interesting, with impressive performances from its leading triumvirate - birdman Carell, apeman Tatum and the human Ruffalo. However, its relentlessly dour throughout, bar the very briefest moments of levity, and despite the numerous themes at play, it never really gets under the skin with regards character motivations. Reading up on the case aftwards; the condensing and changing of some of the true events didn't feel beneficial either, as well as not displaying how mental Du Pont had actually been - he believed his treadmills were time machines, aliens communicated through his horses and his attempts to kill his wife.