Like most Spike Lee joints I’ll need more than one watch to fully digest it but this seems to work primarily because of the stream lined nature of the story paired with the confident direction. Intense and boiling with paranoia but still a very watchable film.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
While I certainly intend to look into the real world production and analysis this as semi-biographical to gain a more complex view of this movie I can easily say on first viewing that Chloe Zhao creates a beautiful examination of her main character and the world that shaped him. Never spiteful but always honest The Rider lets us observe Brady as he adapts to post-injury life and confronts the identity that has sustained him while also preventing him from moving…
"What have I done for God? What am I doing for God? What will I do for God?"
As a Christian I am left to scrape cinematic scraps of the floor when it comes to religious films. This is no ones fault but our own because we have poisoned the independent Christian movie well too many times with entitled Christ-ploitation films that don't need to be good as long as they have their come to Jesus moment. So I'm left…