I have always quite passionately believed that the death penalty is an inhumane practice, so it was very easy for me to invest in this film and just as easy for me to find it disturbing, chilling, and brutally upsetting. Alfre Woodard is as brilliant as you've heard, and Aldis Hodge deserves *far* more recognition for his intensely physical performance as a man facing his final days before execution. Hodge seems to be consumed by an extended fight-or-flight response, with…
Fucking excuse me.
This was .. so good? Just like a badass fantasy action adventure with DARK emotional resonance, tons of lore, and a lot to thematically say about generational trauma, identity, and familial love? And I adore how the screenplay is able to create compelling character-driven drama while also depicting healthy relationships and communication. And of fucking course the animation is gorgeous and the music is badass. I cried HARD several times.
Still excellent through all of the insane discourse. Scattered and very ramble-y thoughts:
- I'm with those who prefer Laura Dern's turn in Little Women (it's such tender work and she could reduce me to tears with just a look), but I also think it's easy to overlook everything she's doing here. The crux of her performance is her manipulation, the way that she's able to play a courtroom like a fiddle and wholly win Nicole over into her seedy,…