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Mank managed to capture the authenticity of Old Hollywood filmmaking in a fairly compelling way. The whip-quick dialogue, period-specific sound design, and classic visual style work together, rather impressively, to recreate the look, sound, and feel of a bygone era.
But ultimately, it is hard to connect with the characters, especially if you are not familiar with the context. Any investment I had in the story was felt purely on a more or less superficial level. Still, it was enjoyable enough to keep me entertained for its duration.
This movie has stayed with me since my first watch. Malick's beautifully shot, utterly affecting use of naturalism never feels superfluous, only nourishing to the spirit of the film.
The timeless and enduring love at the centre of this story, the defiance/refusal to be complicit framed as a revolutionary act, one that takes the utmost empathy and fortitude of spirit...A Hidden Life is timeless, and so brutally timely in a way that other films have tried and failed to be.
Joker didn’t delve deeply enough into the themes it played with to be provoking in any significant way. It felt depthless; superficial. If this was somehow the purpose of making Arthur Fleck a checklist of tropes only to rip the proverbial bandaid off his self-delusion in the last act, then it wasn’t a worthwhile payoff considering the 90 or so minutes of cringe-y dialogue and half-baked misanthropic philosophizing that came before.
It was well-shot, well-scored, and ultimately hollow—not committing to…