Doesn't quite stick the landing (and honestly you could just edit Jared Leto out of this movie and no one would notice) but aside from that, this is far more complex and interesting than I thought it would be, and the visuals are as beautiful as the Villeneuve-Deakins collaboration was always going to be
The first two thirds of this movie are a masterclass in tension and claustrophobia, and an accurate depiction of anxiety as I've ever seen in film. The final act is something that I think overall brings the movie down but is so interesting for its faults, and so confounding in the first place, that I can't dismiss it.
Will be thinking about this for a while, for better or for worse.
I really liked this movie, and although the production is impressive - it's worth seeing because it's well-shot, well acted and full of fully-realised characters. The titular boy is in 99% of the scenes, but it's not all about him - we get to see the growth of the characters around him; he's not always the centerpiece of a scene. Ethan Hawke is great here, in fact I don't think I've seen him be this good before.
When the movie…
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The most accurate synopsis I could come up with:
An insect queen, tended to by mindless-yet-oppressive drones, harvests men and casts aside female bodies to survive. She discovers the value in humanity, only to fall victim to the worst of it in a cruel act of ignorant hostility by a predator in human skin.
Even better the second time, and something that absolutely must be seen on the big screen. Before I liked it a lot, but now it's possibly made its way into my top 10 movies of the 21st century