A journey of reparation and acceptance. An exceptionally frustrating yet touching film throughout by the master of the road film.
To stand out from an overabundance of Holocaust dramas it takes a lot, but Son of Saul manages exactly that, conveying brutal claustrophobia and bleak horror solely through its camera work. It might not be revolutionary in other aspects, yet this alone gives it endless memorability.
Sort of perplexed how it took me two watches to finally and fully appreciate the greatness of this classic. Cinematography is top-notch and the fantastic dynamic between Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck make for some incredibly tense sequences, in particular the entirety of Jesse, Bob and Charley's stay together up until Jesse's death, something so inevitable yet something you want elongated due to the sheer tension and paranoia at play. That sequence goes hand in hand with the insidious shift of evil from Jesse to Bob around the midpoint, a shift one doesn't think about until Bob actually shoots Jesse.
"That's the problem with mercy kid, it just ain't professional"
Surely one of Scorsese's most overlooked films, and i'm not too sure as to why. I suppose it fell short on expectations after The King of Comedy and Raging Bull, but the musical composition and editing on a bunch of these scenes is impeccable and absolutely up there as some of his best. Additionally, it would also make for a great triple feature with Atlantic City and Hard Eight.