City of God

City of God ★★★★

In some sense this movie kind of feels like Brazil's answer to Goodfellas and that makes me like it a lot. I'm a big fan of the cinematography and the editing, which adds a frenetic vibe even in scenes where not much is really going on. Where the movie really shines though is through its characters, who have a depth to them that is not often seen in these types of crime dramas, largely to their detriment. It does a really good job at balancing tone too, with some of the beginning scenes kind of lulling you into a false sense of security and familiarity so that the grittiness that follows packs an even bigger emotional wallop. Overall I'd definitely say this is one of the better films I've seen in quite a while.

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