There are glimmers of a good film in here, but it seems too weighed down in its central concept of communication with the omnipresent to bring any of its threads to a satisfying conclusion, let alone tie them together in any discerning way. Many, many scenes are cut short for no apparent reason except to play into this concept. Kristen Stewart shows a Joan of Arc-ian ability to convey the sense of a presence around her on screen, but that alone is not satisfying or compelling enough for a feature-length film.
Given Edward Yang's prominence on the festival circuit in 1991 with A Brighter Summer's Day, and later in 2000 with Yi Yi, it's a shame how long it took for this earlier work to be restored. I saw the 4K restoration at BAM and it is _gorgeous_. The way that Yang frames his characters in static spaces is essential to understanding the relationships between them and their environments, in a way that the script and narrative can only glimpse at,…
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The crowd-pleaser Tucker and Dale should've been.
There's only one great performance here, and that's Kaluuya's expressive portrayal of Chris, a truly ordinary millennial. Kaluuya plays the role to a T, with a humored, half-pained politeness that crackles through despite an endless string of casually-racist remarks, and his presence is jarring against the campy world that he inhabits. His existence in an otherwise cliched and manufactured B-movie horror helps to ease the audience into the film's setting, and our collective…