The Death & Life of John F. Donovan ★★★½

I expected this film to be really bad

It was very disjointed, a lot of the scenes felt like they were placed in a random order, but the actual content of those scenes were great

The acting was extremely hit or miss, even a single performance would range from good to bad throughout the course of the film in Natalie Portman and Jacob Tremblay's cases

Kit Harrington was very surprisingly good throughout, his accent was a bit noticeable at first but you very quickly get used to it

The cinematography, as per usual, although the close-ups where the characters would look directly into the camera was sometimes overbearing, especially in Michael Gambon's scene

The soundtrack was annoying at times, Xavier Dolan's gimmick where he plays songs that he likes works better in his foreign language films, but it was more the score itself that I didn't like

It had a lot of problems, but I really did find myself captivated, something just felt so raw with the way the characters acted, and the world felt so real

Overall, this is one of Dolan's better works, definitely check this out if you're a fan of him

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