Victoria ★★★½

The one-take wonder that has captured the attention of many does beg the question "How good would this have been had it been told conventionally?" But the truth is the nature of the gimmick, the amount of talent to pull it off is beyond belief and it makes for cinema not seen before. It's reinvigorating to see a film like this, play out in real time, everything run so astoundingly perfect, as if an elaborate magic trick was being spun out in front of your eyes, with the vast amount of preparation that had gone into it (and to those thinking it might be low key, think again, this has some very elaborate set pieces to it).

It's essentially a gurilla play, worked around something like 10 locations, as well follow them around. Occasionally the performers slip up and have to craftily play off the mistake (there's very few, but one or two are noticeable, though well handled). And unlike a certain film I saw yesterday, it spends it's time wisely, building up a relationship between these characters who had only met up in the course of the two hours the film takes to play out. This is due to the genuinely great performances, and the expert blend of improv and written dialogue.

That however said, the story itself boils into a pretty generic crime story, one you've see a thousand times before, and Victoria would be all but forgotten had it not been for the central gimmick. There's a few frustrating developments as well, both in the plot and moments where you find the characters stuck in a location for a lengthy amount of time, knowing that they're setting up the next scene elsewhere.

It's well worth watching, especially for budding filmmakers, to really try and get down how every detail needed to be prepared and planned. But it is one of those films where the gimmick itself makes the film as opposed to compliments it.

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