🧛🏼♂️Spookyfan123🧟’s review published on Letterboxd:
I really liked this one. I was in the mood to watch something and since Dune is coming up soon, I thought it would be a good idea to see another Villeneuve. Might actually like this more than Arrival. I mean like I’m not sure that would the case if I rewatched that one but I really dug this film. I’m not even fully sure why. It mostly just really clicked for me. I just found it really dark and gritty and I liked that about it. The concept was cool. I can’t say I understood everything in the plot but that didn’t really take away from me enjoyment. The film is incredibly well made. Deakins’s cinematography is immaculate which of course does not come to any surprise. The man knows what he is doing and here he knocks it out of the part once again. The score helps add to the gritty feel of it too. The sound design is amazing. Just everything is well done technical wise. Villeneuve is a very good director. The opening scene is definitely the most evident of this. Like wow what a scene. Definitely sets the tone of the film perfectly. The cast is great too. Benicio Del Toro is probably the stand out. He is this tough man that is haunted by his past. He is especially amazing at the end of the film for sure. He is given such an amazing scene that really makes the film. Emily Blunt is great too. I like how she has basically no knowledge of this mission or why she is there and when she learns more and more about it, it starts to tear her apart. And the final scene of the film with her and Del Toro is just spectacular. The whole cast is quite good. Josh Brolin does a really good job. So does Daniel Kaluuya. It is just a great cast all around. There are some slower moments that weren’t too engaging. I think most of it was very interesting and suspenseful but there are some parts that I were a bit too slow. The pacing mostly works though for what it is going for. I do like the slow burn aspect to it. I think that is something that can turn people off though. It’s pacing is definitely something that might bother some but other than some parts throughout, I was fine with it. It’s a really good maybe even great crime thriller. I think the mystery part of it too and how Blunt and later Kaluuya are trying figure out what exactly is going on. I think that is what helped make this film as interesting as it ways to me. It was written well too. Some lines are kind of weird like when Blunt says “I didn’t know he had any of those” referring to cousins. Like I don’t know if it’s just me but like idk that’s kind of a weird line. But I think the script mostly works for me. It’s just a really well done film for the crime thriller genre. Kinda funny that I also watched a crime thriller yesterday. Got to say that when these types of movies work, they slap really hard. I do want to see more Villeneuve especially after seeing this film. He did a very good job with it. I am sort of interested in the sequel. It seems to have decent enough reviews surprisingly enough. This isn’t really the type of film I would see a sequel being necessary for but maybe I’ll check it out. Anyways this a great movie that I suggest anyone that hasn’t seen it to check it out.