Lots of close ups, lots of shaky cam a la Greengrass (bit too much for my taste) with some late Malick thrown in. A little dry until it gets going at the end. Loved the soundtrack song with the theremin.
We need new stories, rather than ones which perpetuate false or unhelpful myths just because we think they are cinematic. Codependent love sold as romantic; trauma, alcoholism and addiction portrayed in the most superficial ways without any understanding of recovery. We live in a culture of self obsession, wrong value systems and egotism, this movie feeds into that. It doesn't earn the pathos because it doesn't strive for truth or authenticity, it just stays on the surface, content with outdated cliches.
But. Sam Elliot and Andrew Dice Clay.
“We can express our feelings regarding the world around us either by poetic or by descriptive means. I prefer to express myself metaphorically. Let me stress: metaphorically, not symbolically. A symbol contains within itself a definite meaning, certain intellectual formula, while metaphor is an image. An image possessing the same distinguishing features as the world it represents. An image — as opposed to a symbol — is indefinite in meaning. One cannot speak of the infinite world by applying tools…
Nolan films tend to bludgeon, they lack lightness, thats not necessarily a bad thing if applied to the right material, he is good with grounded technical subjects; thats his forte. But when he wants to get into the more abstract, or poetic, or dream like, he's not as effective. Its why Inception to me did not work; dreams tend to have a light, more transparent, abstract quality, Nolans style is the opposite of that. I also find that lot of…