I am still working out how best to talk about this film. I'm going to go see it a second time, hopefully tomorrow, and do a review episode on my podcast for it. I loved it. I identify with Kayla so much. I am so impressed by Bo Burnham. You can feel the rough edges of the film, but it's just so powerful and so heartfelt, that many of them fall by the wayside.
Its runtime is a critique of itself. A languishing film that lets us linger in Kanji's willful search for meaning after a cancer diagnosis. While not my favorite of Kurosawa's films, it's a remarkable achievement. Of the multitude of cancer films out there from 50/50 to Irreplaceable Me to Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool to Deadpool (yes, Deadpool) to Me and Earl and the Dying Girl to The Fault in Our Stars to Beginners and beyond, none are like…
The controversy doesn't matter in rating the film. I personally feel as though the video and TMZ blew things out of proportion. Whatever problems were happening seem to have been minimal and with no malicious intent.
As for the film itself, it is one of the most manipulative things I've ever seen. Josh Gad isn't even 1% of the voice actor here as he was in Frozen. The implications of reincarnation and dogs in general is utterly absurd. It feels…
Film #1/Task #1
An unconventional romantic film.
I decided to focus my reviews on the task, as opposed to the film as a whole.
Downey and Kidman are just so strange. Their characters languish over almost everything. Their touch lingers whenever they pick up the simplest mundane object. It's very off-putting, but it does help to elevate them above the rest of the characters to the point where you can really see a connection forming between…