I stayed pretty attached to the screen throughout this. I went in completely blind and I think it worked better because I didn’t know the story at all. It’s is interesting to note Victor Hugo has a big interest in the ugly outcast. I really enjoyed the performances here especially Conrad Veidt and Olga Baclanova. While her performance was mainly pre-code sex play, her characterization is really nice. I actually thought this was a horror movie and I was wrong but I’m still down for it.
I am SO MAD this is the one I missed in theaters. It’s so simply amazing. Paul Dano knows what the fuck he’s doing. The script is so well adapted and doesn’t feature ANY narration! On a film based on a BOOK! What!
I can’t believe how good Carrey Mulligan is in this. She and Jake and newcomer Ed are magnificent and handle the script with such grace. Paul lets his actors breathe and say so much with saying almost nothing at all. The montage scenes are remarkably well done and beautifully feature a mesmerizingly perfect score.
Great first watch of 2019!
Definitely better than what most Americans think filmmaking is or can be. It can be simplistic with a masterful handling of the camera and fully formed characters. It can be monochromatic, quiet, and bleak. This film defies expectations and tackles deeply sensitive material we can only imagine writing about. My heart hurts and wish so much love for this film.