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Unironically, The Godfather: Part II of musicals.
Here We Go Again manages to not only be an improvement, over the already solid original, but it manages to have significant and effective thematic and emotional depth, while still being boatloads of ABBA fun and heart.
The returning cast is strong as always, and the new additions are great, especially Lily James who steals the show, portraying Young Donna. Full of charm, charisma, singing vocals, and beauty, she's perfectly cast. Essentially a…
Technically, Men has fantastic hazy, dreamlike cinematography from Rob Hardy, uneasy direction, atmosphere, and WTF IMAGERY from Garland, and another unsettling score from Geoff Barlow and Ben Salisbury. In other words, all these guys have accompanied each other very well, just like Ex-Machina and Annihilation. Buckley and Kinnear are also brilliant here.
That's as far as the positives go. The biggest flaw of Men, is its surface-level, heavy-handed, symbolic, non fleshed-out screenplay. We get it, men are assholes. That's the gist, not an ounce of subtlety.
I will say, Garland definitely went through some shit while making this, because this imagery is absurdly disturbing!
Sometimes, you're glad that you don't know anything about some movies. Fresh is one of them!
What a pleasant surprise of a dark romance comedy, as Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan are fantastic in their roles, with effective direction from Mimi Cave, and a smartly written script. I really can't say much, because the less you know, the better.
The title card drop is also one for the history books. I'm talking Climax, Irreversible good!
Birds of Paradise would've hit harder it it was queer. Fret not, there's still a bit of homoeroticism, so crumbs are better than nothing for the Diana fans.
Silvers and Froseth are really good and make no mistake, the direction is slick and artistic, but BOP lacks a little something. Could it be that the story feels Black Swan and Suspiria lite, or familiar, but the execution isn't strong? Maybe, who's to say.