Often when I’m watching period pieces, I track the significant differences in technology and circumstances. In this film, I wondered how exhausting it must’ve been to travel by horse, train, or whatever the hell Jesse Plemons was driving. They read by lantern, mixed their eggs with a crank, and were entertained by piano! But what struck me most was an issue they had back then what we’re still reckoning with now: our mental health.
Yes, psychology and psychiatry have made…
I want to write something really long about all the problems in this movie but I don’t know. I left pretty disappointed. This movie fails from a racial standpoint, from a sex work standpoint, and from a mental health standpoint. Does a movie have to be a pillar of education on every issue it covers? Absolutely not. But it should be at least aware, considerate, deliberate.
This script was not.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
When I interned at Buzzfeed, we all had to sign a contract that essentially gave them access to our likeness in perpetuity. Years after I had left, the company would use my image in reaction GIFs or edit footage of mine for new content. I was annoyed because the company hadn’t promoted me but still could just use me for whatever purposes it wanted. (To be fair, they weren’t doing it a ton. None of my personal videos at BF…