Wildly uneven and frequently cringe, but the big moments hit like a freight train and I loved them. If it were made 15 years later it would have been a mini series with breathing room for all its parts, but as is the novelist wrote the screenplay and it’s simply too crammed. All is forgiven though, because the premise makes my chest hurt just thinking about it.
All Quiet on the Western Front 2022
What it might lack in the grace and poetry of 1917 before it, this film makes up for in commitment to the ugliest truths and doesn’t flinch from them. The scene in the crater is itself a thesis and any war film going forward that doesn’t acknowledge its contribution to our cinematic understanding of war is doing a disservice.
Absolutely baffling how a movie this expensive can be so boring. Wasted talent across the board, from a silent(?!) Dave Bautista to a bored Lea Seydoux to an aggreived Daniel Craig to a sleepwalking Andrew Scott. Hard to follow, impossible to care about anything happening. Nevermind any of the high-level nonsense about trying to make the world of 007 too much of a thing for its own good, as a film one might attempt to watch it is unenjoyable, to say the least.
All Is True 2018
I feel bad giving anything by Branagh such a full review, but alas it was a full movie! The glimpses of wit were my favorite part, and I'd have preferred to see the more comedic version, but instead it was simply too dour and too languid for me to finish.