Some nice moments and good looking in spots, but ultimately comes across as lifeless and hollow. Often felt as if it's approach was less in exploring the sexuality of an oft under represented group(s) of people (granted, all of them were white) and more like viewing something in a zoo - ie. viewing it from behind a screen/at a safe distance, so as to not actually engage with it.
They're all games of power. Play me.
But seriously, this is good and all but probably the least of all of Lanthimos' films. Funny, but not really enough for me to agree that it's really much of a comedy, yet not dramatic enough for me to fully embrace it on the level of a tragedy (which worked in The Killing of a Sacred Deer). Good performances, an advancement in his formal prowess, and ace production design but left me wanting…
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me..."
Malick's most profound film to date? Continuing down the rabbit hole that he began upon his return to cinema with The Thin Red Line and then reaching its peak of accessibility (though I use the term lightly) with The Tree of Life before breaking narrative down even further with To The Wonder, Knight of Cups is a film…
A cold and tense storm of a film that builds and builds up to a point past release. It's a world populated by characters who are cruel, broken, and disappointed but put up walls to hide those aspects from those closest to them only for them to slowly be torn down as the film moves forward. I used to think of Ceylan as the new Tarkovsky, but this is very much in the spirit of Bergman. A wonderful film that stands as one of the best of this year.