!! ignore my ratings !!
(I'll fix them soon)
often, the key to successful dystopia is to not set the story so far in the future it feels distant. Cuaron avoids this, consciously refraining from distracting sci-fi elements, and instead grounds his film such that it feels like a plausable, exaggerated version of Britain today, with hateful isolationist rhetoric pushed to its extreme - watching it 15 years later, the political commentary feels almost on the nose. are we so predictable? (pretend I've written a paragraph here about humanity, hope, faith, and Lubezki just being Lubezki)
wake up babe, new fav Kubrick just dropped, a real triumph in visual storytelling. insanely good use of natural lighting (especially through, often brightly backlit, windows, and by soft candlelight) and composition, it's almost like a three hour painting. some of the wide angle shots had me moaning out loud fr.