Well shot, but ultimately nothing more than a slightly-too-late victory lap for the great Breaking Bad - nice, but about as necessary as a third leg on Usain Bolt.
A gorgeous looking film - sunshiney, pastel and dreamy throughout. Compared to Hereditary, though, it's not as carefully crafted, and the actors are unfortunately not in the same league. There were also some tonal issues, particularly towards the end when the faintly silly undertones become actively ridiculous, undermining the spell the film has conjured.
PS: I went in expecting some grim stuff, but did not expect probably the least cheery beginning to a film in cinema history. Yikes.
As someone who wasn't nearly as impressed with Ex Machina as everyone else seemed to be, I went into Annihilation with pretty low expectations. Well, the film managed to meet almost exactly those pretty low expectations. Alex Garland's direction is uninspired, and his script is limp. Things aren't helped by the performances of varying quality (some of the cast seem to have taken acting lessons at a robot factory), and the Sy-Fy Channel grade CGI. The premise is interesting and…
There's a strange magic to Sean Baker's depiction of desparate lives in budget motels near Disneyland. While the underlying story is undeniably depressing, the film is somehow also brimming with joy: it's bright, charming, and popping with energy and colour - a thick lick of tropical paint glooped over a dismal facade. Just about everything about the film is magnificent, with wonderful performances across the board (including a surprising cameo from Sandy Kane).