Well this is an absolute disaster. I didn’t know what the critical consensus was at the time of release, but I loved it as a kid. For a white suburban boy, this was the exact blend of toxic masculine, sexist, empty, Star Wars-aping trash my brain desired. I like some of how the film approaches familial issues of the era (the absent father), but most of the dialogue just feels so disjointed. I also didn’t mind how the filmmakers wanted so badly for Matt LeBlanc to be the next Harrison Ford (even if he definitely wasn’t). Dubbing over Jared Harris is a crime, tho.
Let’s have us an allegory!
Goddard implements his voyeuristic shtick for the late 60s in order to show how completely fucked the world actually was, and how it affected those who lived in it. A decent chaser for Karina Longworth’s series on Charles Manson’s Hollywood. I feel like Tarantino might make a more popular show of it, but for the time being this was fun. Diluted, yet polished. Cynthia Erivo was spectacular.
Go figure - I like a Star Wars movie. We live in an interesting time where our expectations for a franchise built on the success of a single film back in the 70s hinge on the very same cultural phenomenon. Filmmaking has certainly changed in the last 40 years, and Star Wars has changed with it. For all the stunted idol worship we've given the series, it still manages to produce exciting and adventurous films. Yeah, some of the best…
Review from the Louisiana International Film Festival premiere
Damn me for liking this movie. The first 25 minutes tried REALLY hard to get me to walk out, but by that point I realized that the story was actually doing a good job of... being a story. And the characters were well-rounded. And the romance wasn't contrived. And it was (mostly) uphill from there. I'm genuinely happy that this film was a literal surprise (this was a secret screening held under lock and key until the moment it ran onscreen) and that I was not expecting to see it.