I rewatched this on Christmas day with my good friend Jonathan, and spent the next few days trying to figure out how I would write about this film. Letterboxd has gone to shit over the holiday season, and so I finally felt motivated to start my own blog where I wrote an extended piece on the movie. I'd appreciate if it could be given a read, I'd transfer it straight here but I don't think it would look visually appealing on this site given its length, and I liked using stills to illustrate different points.
This is like the result of the darkest timeline of a Florida State film bro getting into Wong Kar-wai and other arthouse films and deciding to make a movie that filters those influences, without any of the grace or freshness of a Barry Jenkins. And that's putting it lightly.
I clocked the path of misery porn that this film was set to go down on pretty quickly, so yes it didn't take very long for me to turn on it.…