I was something expecting fun. I was expecting something inventive. I was not expecting something that would move me to tears. With the current crossroads that I'm at in my life, I think I needed a movie like this that thoroughly and creatively speaks to that experience and ultimately comes away with a life-affirming position. On top of that, it's an absolute blast, maybe among the most pleasurable movie-viewing experiences I've had all year.
Maybe the most profound theatrical experience I've had since seeing Portrait of a Lady on Fire in 2019. I genuinely feel like I've exited a very different person than when I entered. Every single moment in this three-hour rumination on loss and grief is itself complex, captivating, and overflowing with humanity. And at the center of it all is some of the most layered, nuanced, and compelling character portrayals I've seen in literally any movie. Far and away, the best film of 2021, and one of the best films of the 21st century period.
“I’m thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it stays. It sticks. It lingers. It dominates. There’s not much I can do about it. Trust me. It doesn’t go away. It’s there whether I like it or not. It’s there when I eat. When I go to bed. It’s there when I sleep. It’s there when I wake up. It’s always there. Always.”
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