I watch movies just like the rest of us.
Listen, I don’t have the one true answer or interpretation here but I will say that I felt a LOT and quite frequently. I’m hesitant to subscribe to any “Black Bear is about X” readings of the film because my answer is decidedly “maybe it is!” But I will say that Aubrey Plaza continues to be an absolute force to watch and that this may have been one of the most u comfortable films I’ve watched in some time.
The first 30 mins were compelling, but once the mechanic starts getting fleshed out, it lost a lot of the momentum and believability (and not just because it’s sci-fi).
Some fun visuals, though! And some truly thoughtful commentary on time travel as it applies to people in very different ways/circumstances.
There’s a good movie in there somewhere, but I think this one could have baked in the mental over a bit longer.
It’s possible the 2.5 is too harsh a review and maybe it’s a 3. Let’s call it a 2.75. But I’ll keep watching for more from these guys, this one just wasn’t it for me.
I don’t know what to tell other than I love this movie (well, actually I do — and I’ll explain). And over time, it’s actually only gotten better.
This one took a hard turn into the fantasy / folklore territory and it’s all the better for it. The character designs, practical effects, and lore are spectacular.
This is made only more painful by the fact that Guillermo del Toro never got the chance to finish his third and final piece…