Stylistically it’s great — title card, sound design, b&w 16mm photography.
Story wise however, it falls a bit flat.
A painful romantic breakup amidst a hellish cult nightmare.
Seeing this, I can understand why A24 and Aster had multiple submissions to the MPAA before receiving the R rating they desired (narrowly avoiding an NC-17, which would make the film nearly unmarketable). It’s vulgar, crude, and visually gruesome. But then again, so is Aster’s filmography.
Aster’s distinct original approach is undeniable, marking his second feature since last year’s Hereditary. However, my main problem with the film is how overly ambitious…
-Me, before watching: Pixar is a dying brand that spent the majority of this decade rehashing nostalgia for franchises they established in the 2000s, and nearly all of them missed their mark. Now they’re looking to cash in on their most prolific franchise that they already wrapped up perfectly nearly a decade earlier.
-Me, 5 minutes into the movie: 🥺🥺🥺
-Me, 30 minutes into the movie: 😢😢😢
-Me, 90 minutes into the movie: 😭😭😭😭
Watching this truly made myself re-evaluate…