Feel good bio flavored with the spirit of blaxploitation. Hits the same notes, mileage will vary with how interested you are in the filmmaking process/spirit of the times.
I would recommend this based on some really inventive camera work and the wonderfully on the verge of hammy performance by Rebecca Ferguson. Surprisingly, it doesn't overly rely on the Kubrick classic, and its story doesn't feel like its 2.5-hour length. Everything else is just, kinda there, and unlike Flanagans' other work, didn't grab me in its characters or its horror. Ending and conflicts felt rushed, but this could have turned out much worse if left to another person behind the camera.
The formulae of MCU are all over this one. Familiar beats, jokes, and characters try their best to complicate a simple equation, but even with all its twists and turns; it feels like sprinting on a treadmill. Yeah things are moving, but are we really going anywhere? Props to Thor and Strange.
A languid thriller that attempts to add gravitas and meaning through its direct nods to sociopolitical anxieties and subtle artistic flourishes. The moments where these choices works are sparse, and it is a shame, given the talent from the three leads.
I feel like the reception of this film can be paired accordingly to the male leads. One group will attach themselves to an interpretation that sticks, eagerly running in all directions to reach a conclusion that speaks to them.…