With all the praise that's been thrown at this film, I was expecting better. Or at least... smarter.
In an age where Russia, as a country, is being demonizing left and right, this is a humanizing portrayal of the normal (and not-so-normal) people who take to the streets every day. It’s still bonkers, with some moments that awe and shock, but to say it’s any major departure from the United States would be disingenuous. However, the in-between moments do nothing to raise any feelings whatsoever. It’s largely accident porn... and there’s nothing enjoyable about that.
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.