zach (ac)’s review published on Letterboxd:
Probablyyyyyyyy my favorite of the year? My rating will most likely go up on a rewatch.
I’m so glad I had gotten into Carax’s work before watching this film. I fell in love with his style with Holy Motors and with Annette, I can confidently say he’s a top 10 filmmaker for me. Still too soon? Probably. I still don’t care.
Yes, I do wish I loved this just a little more, it was my most anticipated film of year for awhile, but am I disappointed? Not in the slightest. I haven’t seen many musicals but I’ve slowly grown into them within the past year and although I’ve only seen a few I can say this is definitely the most unusual and unique I’ve seen so far. It’s idiosyncratic, bizarre, unconventional, Bold with a capital B and a bewildering experience from beginning to end.
What I love most about it has to be the visuals. It’s visual storytelling at it’s best and wow does every shot just look so good. The performances were phenomenal as well which is no surprise considering the cast here. Driver and Cotillard killed it despite me not feeling much of an emotional connection to the characters (which I feel was done on purpose btw).
Annette was a sight to behold. From Carax’s wonderful, eccentric style, to the daring critique on the entertainment industry and fame. I can see why people don’t like this, it can be very off putting. But for me, it was a truly fascinating, yet quietly haunting experience and all I can really say is that I wish I had the chance to see it in theaters.