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even better than the BBC live theater special starring Ian McKellen as king lear.
the colors! the drama! the sheer fucking SCALE of this lad!! this had to have cost an inflation-adjusted equivalent of millions to make. worth every last yen tho, Kurosawa has a magic way of making 2.5 hours fly by.
lowkey a really good ~vibes~ movie 🍃
You wouldn't be able to make Alien today if you tried, it's that simple. The first act is too much of a slow burn for streaming platforms, the dramatic stakes are much lower compared to science fiction of today, and the actual alien is only on screen for 4 minutes tops.
Of course, these are actually all reasons why this movie is the fucking best. No cheap horror tricks, no gore-for-gore's-sake. Just an unseen creature, lurking in the vast dark…
Honestly? Pretty well written and engaging all throughout, even if it's (more than) a bit reductive and centrist. Gives me limited series vibes and almost think it could have been better suited to that format, though the cast would have probably been way inferior had that been the case.
I'm conflicted overall because this is definitely not a *great* movie in terms of content and its message, but the production value of all of this is so high! Sacha Baron…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
i do love me a good revenge thriller. this was almost there?
i really liked:
-the tension! i find it works because of how much of the context is kept a secret and revealed slowly as it progresses. good script work!
-the score, especially the classical britney cover.
-the opening shots of the film, which are just butts and bulges of dancing men. all rise for the female gaze 🙏
-the twist with ryan, even though i didnt really buy…
Please watch this, my god. What an extraordinary, gentle, beautiful, understated, nuanced, powerful film. The performances, the colors, the cinematography... it's clear that Isabel Sandoval has put so much care and attention into her work, and how could she not? Trans women are seldom ever given the opportunity to realize their vision and experience in cinema, and with this film Sandoval has boldly declared that no, she will not be wasting it.
More qualified reviewers than I are going to…