I watched this as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival with a Q&A following. I will respect Boots Riley's wishes that as little of this film be revealed to the public before its wider opening in July, but I will say that it's absolutely bonkers. It suffers from a lack of focus that come with many filmmakers' debut films, but it has so many wild and eccentric ideas that are confidently thrown at the screen, it's just too…
I just rewatched Tideland last night, so I can confirm that this film is a better, more interesting, less unsettling Tideland. I mean, it's still unsettling and definitely upsetting, but it also asks real questions and just doesn't throw its young protagonist into a whirlwind of senseless abuse and trauma. Peyton Kennedy is a gift.
Since this film goes quite beyond an actual conventional review, here is a list of questions I asked myself while watching Catwoman:
1. Why the CGI crane shots?
2. Why does Halle Berry dress so funny?
3. Is there a single shot in this film that lasts longer than four seconds?
4. What compels her to risk her life to save a damn cat?
5. How does that dude run up eight flights of stairs in 12 seconds?