Waves ★★½

Powerfully acted but also overdirected. You can practically see Trey Edward Schults waving his hands in front of the camera begging someone to notice him. Some will find it creative and effective while others will find it obnoxious and overkill. I find myself in the latter camp. I found myself engaged in the first half until a certain story and technical decision caused me to lose interest. It's certainly not a bad movie by any stretch of the imagination. I completely get why others have found this movie to be one of the best of the year. Unfortunately, I can't share that sentiment.