Rewatching this I'm amazed at how impressive of a film it really is. The themes are so well established and brilliantly executed. The storytelling is meticulous. Shyamalan's ability to take the familiar tropes of the comics and ground them in an incredibly realistic setting and compelling story is really impressive. There are complex relationships here between a husband and wife, a father and his son, and finally two friends. He pins the story to these three relationships and it is…
The biggest problem with The Meg is that it was content to play it safe. It doesn't try to be a seriously scary adrenaline ride, nor does it embrace the ridiculousness of its premise and attempt to be crazy fun. Instead it splits the difference and the result is an incredibly forgettable movie.
Additionally, I'm deducting a half a star for the gratuitous use of French.
What Eighth Grade does is take the most vulnerable part of everyone's lives and throws all the awkwardness, insecurity, fear, and doubt up on the screen. It's an incredibly raw film. While there is certainly a complete narrative, the main characters are not polished. They are deeply flawed and the film isn't afraid to make you think that characters like Kayla (and everyone else for that matter), at times really have no idea what they're doing. Kayla is weird, funny,…
Cuarón has created a wonderfully personal and emotional film about someone he grew up with. It is not only absolutely beautiful, but it has much to say. What is particularly unique about this story is that while it is about Cuarón's personal childhood it isn't an autobiography. It's actually a fictionalized story of his childhood maid and nanny. What is interesting though is that we really don't get a complete deep dive into her character either and I think that…