Wow, wow, wow. A-grade truth-telling. I’ll say more soon, but this is an outstanding movie... about adolescence, yes, but it’s unnerving how this film’s lack of condescension, nostalgia, or score-settling makes something unexpected possible: It reveals adolescence as a microcosm of truth about adulthood.
45-minute drive to Cinemark theater at Lincoln Square in Bellevue, WA, so I can see Eighth Grade on opening day.
Parking at the theater $15? No thanks. I'll park a few blocks away.
I find free parking and walk 10 minutes to the theater. Now, I'm 10 minutes late to the movie, but I've probably just missed trailers. I'll go in anyway.
I check in with MoviePass.
I get to the ticket counter.
Ticket guy: "New policy. No bags allowed."…
Name one movie that is
a) directed by a woman,
b) filmed by a woman,
b) about women, and
c) deeply concerned with matters of faith.
I can think of many films directed by men, and focusing on men, that rigorously wrestle with questions about God and the problem of evil. But The Innocents is a remarkably rare event.
Thank God Almighty.
Director Ava Duvernay had a monumental task before her, making a high-profile motion picture focused on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, with a cast of famous names. What’s more, the closer the film has come to release, the more the headlines have shown us just how much we need a Great Film about Dr. King’s vision.
Even great directors would probably have disappointed us. Think of Spielberg’s Lincoln: Hey, I loved it, but I acknowledge that it…