Just like a great work of fine art, this movie sets a mood, a tone and works it’s magic on the viewer without the viewer needing to know or recognise the craft that’s underneath but you can spot it. About a quarter in, I noticed the “painters gaze” being used in the movie and that I was watching the most perfect combination of “form/filmmaking + content” that I’d seen in .... maybe forever; I even felt justly smug when the…
There are individual things I liked about it (the colours, Penelope Cruz, the relationships) though really mixed on the historical part of the narrative. Didn’t understand it properly and from what I did understand felt like a separate film joined on to this one as it’s not blended well into the other part.
Biggest thing though is I lost stamina for the whole thing about 2 3rds in. By that point I found it boring frankly. Not a bad film just not for me.
Went into this thinking I’m an outsider looking in and was reminded of when my grandad used to walk around singing the high noon theme, or how Vans music really moves me thanks to my mum playing it in the car when I grew up and my best mates dad being hugely into him.
Not to mention the humour, loss and longing for a better life. That’s the power of great art to bridge those divides and makes us see…
At least 4 stars. I might even put it at 5 after a bit of reflection. Jesus so much is going on in this I was like a cat watching a laser pen. Witty dialogue, great characters and performances. Women are just as important as the men and not just accessories or secondary. Even when I knew what was gonna happen next it still had impact and felt surprising and powerful. 90 mins as well. Can’t say enough good stuff about this
My favourite line “you ever worked in radio because you talk a lot and say nothing”
Absolutely quality. Noirvember supremacy!