There are films about the right things.
There are films that say the right things.
There are films that mean the right things.
XXL is better than all those films for the most revolutionary reason: it just is the right thing.
Brad Pitt’s dad-movie taste is obviously Tarantino-ripped crime capers from very stylish directors, which is why he says yes to so many of them (Snatch, Ocean’s, Burn After Reading, The Mexican, this…), and I gotta say, I’m here for it.
Leitch is still nothing but style, and if you don’t dig it, you’ll hate this one too. At the end of the day, every cast member is bringing their comedic A-game, the budget is huge, the gore is high, the lighting is fabulous, the editing is silly, and so, yes, I do dig the style.
Had it stuck the landing and tied up its seemingly disparate elements into something either narratively or thematically unified, this might be a new classic. As it stands, it’s still very good and effective.
- Mild Spoilers -
Lingering questions: What connection does the phone have to the house? What is Ethan Hawke’s relationship to his brother? Does it mirror the lead siblings’ story? Why is he a magician? How do the sister’s visions propel the narrative if she eventually…
It’s too long and plays like an assembly cut that needs a bit of tightening...
::looks left, looks right::
But I dug it, and some of the stuff they chose to remove from the released version is mind-boggling.
And Jared Leto was pretty good...