I need to rewatch some things
★★★½ Very Good
An upsetting and moving document of lives lost, and nearly lost, to history. The handling of this archival footage is a testament to the importance of film as a medium that can preserve moments, or people, or places in time. Was hard to watch this and not be flooded by my memories of the stories I was told growing up about branches of our family tree that were suddenly cut down, and the stories of those who only nearly escaped. A beautiful, powerful, and vital documentary that left me feeling haunted.
Even for a cuckoo clock ass filmmaker this was a cuckoo clock ass movie. Borrow whatever adjectives you normally use to describe Wes Anderson’s work: pretty, pristine, picture-book - they all apply here. This was the first time watching one of his films where I felt that dedication to aesthetic exhaust me.
There are amusing moments and terrific performances throughout but none of it actually feels inhabited by human beings. It’s flatter than the pages in a magazine.