Great performance(s) by McAvoy but the entire time I was waiting for the film to make the jump from "very interesting" to "very good" and it never did. The ending twist was cool but felt more like an add-on than an actual part of the film.
It seems that about once every couple years or so, I stumble upon a movie that just connects with where I'm at in life, that resonates with me so profoundly, that seems to be made just for me to watch at this exact moment. While my life doesn't have much in common with Jesse Plemons' David, the themes of OTHER PEOPLE did this for me and utterly wrecked me in the process.
This is one that I will definitely be rewatching in the near future, and I hope to write more extensively on it then.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
HACKSAW RIDGE is directed by Mel Gibson, and of course it is. Who else would bring this story to the screen, and tell it so effectively?
The film will likely have its detractors, but I'd find it hard to believe that anyone not drowning in cynicism could walk away unaffected by the incredible true story of Desmond Doss's refusal to compromise his convictions and the courage he displayed in the midst of horrendous brutality.
I thought he made a fine…
Damien Chazelle directs the hell out of LA LA LAND, and I'm not sure if anyone, ANYONE else, could've pulled it off like he has. The way he borrows from the past and incorporates nostalgia and specific nods to so many films and musicals while presenting it all in such a fresh and exciting way - it's simply amazing. The music, cinematography, production design, costume design, set decoration, choreography, etc. all exceeded my expectations while still complimenting each other to…