Not great. Just long meh.
As soon as I saw the slow-mo shots I screamed WONG KAR-WAI because his influence is undeniable in Xavier Dolan's Heartbeats. But unlike a Wong Kar-wai film, Heartbeats is too concerned with aesthetic and style, and not story. There's an interesting premise but the story itself just becomes dull really quickly. Characters do things for the sake of story and not because they're well-developed and driven by their innate personalities. And this is where Heartbreaks downfall begins.
Black Bear is an enthralling, anxiety-driven film that sees Audrey Plaza deliver probably her most phenomenal performance yet. I'm still trying to wrap my brain around it but I feel like I've been taken on a journey that I want everyone else to experience. That is the purpose of film.
That's why his eyes are so big, it's full of emotion.
Riz Ahmed delivers a marvelous performance that transcends words. In Sound of Metal, Ahmed takes us on the journey of a musician who loses his hearing. And it is with the accompanying sound engineering that we, the audience, become one with Ahmed's character.
However, I was left with cinematic blue balls. There were a couple of times where I could feel the story building towards an emotional upheaval only…