Adam McKay said more about the world with his "smart dumb" comedies and it’d be nice if he pulled one of those out again.
Expectedly gorgeous to look at (production design is especially top-notch) and there's good performances throughout (Cate Blanchett especially), but I often felt at a distance emotionally (though the last half-hour pack something of a punch) and found that the pacing can be a real hindrance (too much of a slow-burn for its own good).
Certainly a genre exercise for Del Toro in kind of the same way CRIMSON PEAK is. Saddens me that I didn't love this like I do that movie.
Looks like we have a new (and near-perfect) example of how bad the music biopic can be.
Hilariously so for the first hour at least, simplifying history to such a tee it becomes nearly incomprehensible, barreling through almost every biographical cliche in the book without a hint of irony (unsurprisingly what we were bound to get from the screenwriter behind Darkest Hour) and dialogue so on-the-nose you couldn't tell me this wasn't a Walk Hard sequel in disguise.
A slow, but endlessly unpleasant descent into psychological and metaphysical familial madness - from start to (a just plain nasty) finish. Collette sells it as greatly as you've heard, but don't sleep on Alex Wolff either.
Can be a bit too slow of a burn in areas and while the final moments are quite effective on a visceral level, they feel a bit unsatisfactory plot-wise. Still, there’s enough to sit with. I’m morbidly curious how this’ll play on another viewing.
A very solid debut feature that solidifies Ari Aster as someone to watch.