I guess every comedian gets at least one serious role in a really good movie. Adam Sandler's was obviously Bedtime Stories.
The passage of time becomes completely immeasurable when watching this film. In some ways it feels ten hours long, and in others, only a few minutes. Malick's usual brand of visual poetry is toned down just a little for something more intimate and character focused. Still an incredibly moving and passionate film, it took longer than usual before I really started to feel like I "got" it. The last twenty to thirty minutes make the entire film transcendent, and the final image is incredibly powerful.
I didn't even get to see Jake Moran in this shit.
The Greatest Showman is over-sentimental visual candy lacking nearly any substance, but you probably already knew that. It pays tribute to the Circus, and the man who invented it (or rather reinvented it for America) the year the circus died (www.ringling.com/). It is choc full of cliches and lacks any real substance, yet there is something about its commitment to itself that makes me hesitate from writing it off.…