I will conjure up a meaty review later. For now, I’ll say this: I loved this film.
F*ck what you’ve heard about this movie! This story is layered and reveals so many social critiques. Perhaps the most impactful discourse it initiates is western culture’s twisted obsession with tragedy, and our culture’s pattern of turning trauma into profit. It artfully weaves the commercial pop industry, the complex of child stars, and national tragedy together to showcase an All-American tapestry of cultural quirks! I was hoping for a more emotional ending, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and Natalie Portman’s performance.
I saw this movie twice, which I highly suggest doing. The way Alma (Director) brought this script to life will be sure to gain her some much deserved attention in the coming months. Every shot was intentional and carefully crafted, creating a voyueristic yet intimate atmosphere throughout the film’s duration. At times, it felt as though I was intruding on Otis’ (protagonist) stolen moments with his abusive father. Other times, I felt so far from Otis—a (highly impersonal) fly on…