I was reluctant to see this based on the trailer, which I thought was awful. But I in reality it was a lot more nuanced and emotionally vulnerable than any teen rom-com I've seen in ages and ages. It gave not only its lead but a whole handful of characters full emotional arcs that played off each other organically. And it did daydream sequences consistently right. (I can't stand that sort of thing when the execution is mediocre.) A very winning lead performance by Nick Robinson, too. I cried three times.
Suburban consumerist mediocrity is the best way of life, y'all. I just watched this on a plane and I did enjoy it despite some misgivings about the subtext, mostly because Bateman and McAdams are so charismatic that you can't help being somewhat charmed despite the overall blandness of the concept.
There isn't anything actually wrong with how it was made, I suppose. I just find the character and most of the dialog to be insufferably smug, nerd-bro fare. I think I chuckled twice. Lightly. Much has been said about Deadpool being progressive, but I didn't find that to be particularly the case. I mean he's not regressive, I guess, although I did find some of his jokes to be questionable on that front. But is it really all that remarkable…
Probably the smartest film I've seen all year. And certainly one of the most beautiful.
The way information is layered and truths are revealed, not with the aim of shocking the audience with unexpected twists, but with the aim of riffing philosophically about sex and the patriarchy, is thrilling. Each character detail and perspective takes us further from a simple, but fun, heist story and closer to something emotionally profound.
And it is funny! So much funnier than I'd anticipated.…