ChristopherLamb’s review published on Letterboxd:
I couldn’t think of a more appropriate movie to end this year off with. The themes of trauma, doing whatever it takes, and sacrifice compounded with it overall being the conclusion of all conclusions really is congruent with this year and how I’m feeling right now.
This movie was so deeply impactful for me the first four times watching in theater as so much of it paralleled what I was going through personally with my health. It still really hits me hard and it feels like every character represents different stages of the trauma and grief Ive gone through and am still going through. However now watching for the first time since theaters it hits me on a whole different level considering what the world and humanity has gone through in 2020.
Like the end of this movie we’ve lost so much and so many people. We’re all still hurting. I and probably a lot of people are still suffering.
Im seeing so many people act like next year is going to be some idyllic paradise but 2021 and going forward isn’t going to be magically fixed but it does feel like somewhat of a win that we made it through. Almost like a checkpoint in a video game to stop, take a look back, and take some pride in making it this far despite all the myriad of challenges this year has presented.
I'm hoping if you play this back, it's in celebration. I hope families are reunited, I hope we get it back, and something like a normal version of the planet has been restored. If there ever was such a thing.
Going forward ain’t gonna be smooth sailing. Im sure we are in for so much life turmoil and pain as we try to rebuild the world. I personally don’t think we’ll ever be the same or go back to “normal” as we knew it. This year leaves us with scar tissue that will never heal.
But as Tony says 2020 will be a badge that we should all wear proudly and take a moment to celebrate for whatever individual challenges we’ve overcame. It’s all shaped us and helped us grow. I think with the amount of divisiveness that this is causing it also continues to have the potential to let hatred pervert us as well into our darkest selves. I’ve seen that in my life as well. So I hope we all can find the power to be civil, compassionate, and patient even with those we disagree with during this time.
Let’s hope that the world heals and theaters can come back and we can enjoy movies together again relatively soon.
I love movies and my fellow movie friends on here 3-fuggin-thousand. Happy New Year my fellow Letterboxdians. 🥳❤️