Sometimes effective humor can't save this, unfortunately.
This was easily a five star film, for the first half. It was moving along at a steady pace, deliberate but efficient. Each frame and cut felt like a beautiful brushstroke in this piece of art I was experiencing. Then the second half, the pace got inconsistent and the film switched gears into a much less interesting plot-driven melodrama. The beautiful and tense sensuality of the first half was captivating. Admiring the artful sets and camera movements, as well as…
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Here is my meager attempt at gathering my thoughts about this brutal masterpiece into one place. Also, shoutout to my homie Cristian for bringing up some of the ideas I talk about here too.
Phoenix's performance is one of the best of the year. That's not saying much as the year is young and I've only seen 18 films released this year so far. It would have ranked among the top five had I seen it last year. It's a…
Feels effortlessly magical in a way few films could ever hope to be. The empathy on display here, both in the characters and the filmmaking, is astounding and moving. Every moment worked perfectly to make this a compelling children's film that exquisitely handles mature themes from a child's perspective, without ever being too raw. I can see this being a go-to comfort film for me, and I'm so glad it exists.