Leo in the air >>>> Leo and the bear
This was WAY better than I thought people thought it was. Turns out they actually think it's pretty great. I do too!
Pretty charming for a good portion of the runtime but Richard Curtis curdles it right up before the end—the last act is a slog of schmaltzy wish fulfillment that has its cake and eats it too. Ends are left loose! But, along the way there are some joys—the scene where Jack attempts to introduce his parents to Let It Be is VERY funny and there is one creative choice late in the film that I won’t spoil other than to…
I think I’m going to need a repeat viewing to more coherently figure out how I feel about this, but so far:
- they made some really, really fun choices and for all the seriousness this movie has, it also contains some of the best humor of the MCU
- as a result of that combo, some of the tonal shifts are so jarring they risk ripping a hole in space
- a lot of (largely successful) work was done…
Director Hirokazu Kore-eda loves these characters and so will you!
All of the performances (including the kids) are excellent and natural. Sakura Ando, who plays the mother of the family, delivers two standout, deeply emotional moments towards the close that are unforgettable.
All in all, Shoplifters is an understated, observational take on what it means to be family.