Flat-out phenomenal on every level. Johnson masterfully crafts a riveting, hilarious, and stunningly original entry in the mystery genre. Every character is imbued with so much life and charisma. Daniel Craig’s accent rules, Katherine Langford vapes, Toni Collette is basically a human Buzzfeed article, and Ana de Armas proves once again that she is an absolute national treasure. It’s structurally inventive, and thematically deeper than many will expect. I’m blown away. Superb editing, a beautiful score, and thrilling twists all combine to form this massively entertaining and impressively made thriller that’s both immersive and unpredictable. I loved it.
ciff ‘19 #3: (with q&a w/ Trey Edward Shults, Taylor Russell, and Kelvin Harrison Jr.)
“All we have is now.”
I trembled. I felt my hands quake in fear, in anxiety, in sheer utter terror over the images my eyes witnessed. And then a natural smile formed across my face as the movie continued until it ended. It’s been over three hours since the movie ended and I’m still not over this catastrophically mind-blowing masterpiece. It’s officially time to accept…
I still have the same issues with this as I do pretty much all other MCU films, but this is probably close to my favorite one. The cast’s chemistry is great, the ending is satisfying, the writing is sharp, and the setpieces are fun! Good movie. Nothing much else more to say.
I could get into my more analytical thoughts on these films, more specifically this particular entry and how it represents our unwillingness to let go of memories, as well as what we want to define ourselves as and how we are all the same in one way or another. But it’d be doing a disservice to the film by saying those things because most importantly, this film fucking rules!! I forgot how awesome this movie is: the amazing action scenes, the fluid camerawork and editing, the incredible score, the neon-soaked lighting...every second of this thing is an absolute thrill. Can’t wait for Chapter 4.
“It's a bear.”
Ari Aster, you madman. This managed to be one of the funniest, haziest, vilest, sickening, hallucinatory, disturbing, and moving films of the year. Near perfection from beginning to end. Manages to be the perfect rom-com and the most mesmerizing horror film of the year. Balances tones so well. My god, this fucked me up.
This film was never going to work for general audiences. Unlike most classic Disney films, you can’t really fuck around with The Lion King. It’s too classic a story, too treasured an icon. The sad thing is that everyone is getting mad for nothing. Because in all honesty, I like this much more than the original. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s better. That’s right, I said it. Everyone is afraid to admit it, but the…