Visually interesting (despite being incredibly derivative of Malick/ Chivo), and with sincerely lofty storytelling and thematic ambitions; I admire Eternals more than 95% of the Marvel films I’ve seen for these reasons alone. But it’s a mess of a narrative, one so concerned with scale, logic, and (occasional) spectacle that it fails to dramatically emphasize any of the humanity that serves as its thematic engine. The scene in which Skeeter Davis’s “The End of The World” plays seems to be…
Surprised to see this is not regarded more highly by the (also surprising) very few people who have logged this. For a B-Western, it’s got incredible production value— the economical and striking “massacre” scene that opens the film and the elegant chiaroscuro photography in the sequences involving the protagonist’s ethically conflicted brother come to mind. I really liked the final chase sequence which played entirely without score, and was surprised by how authentically Hitchcockian the direction of some of the suspense sequences were. Victor Mature and Colleen Grey are super charming in this, and it’s only 88 minutes… absolutely worth checking out!
These are not “spoilers”, but I do discuss the tone of the film and particular scenes (without plot details). The opening scene, however, is described towards the end of this review (with a disclaimer before). Turn away if you want to go in 100% blind!
Reviews for both 1st and 2nd viewing down below. Thoughts for 3rd viewing (with spoilers) here: boxd.it/2hfHOn
Don’t be deceived by the trailer— although this movie is a coming of age love story,…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Third viewing! Previous, spoiler-free review (detailing first two viewings) here:
This entry is less focused, more spoiler-heavy ramblings and observations from my third viewing. I just had to get them out, I love this movie so much!
PTA has given us some of the medium's most universally praised, densely enigmatic characters in history; by comparison, the characters in Licorice Pizza are disarmingly simple. Anderson withholds a great deal of information about them that 'Screenwriting 101' would designate as…