Brett Schutt’s review published on Letterboxd:
Well, holy crap that was a shock.
This trailer has played before EVERYTHING I go see at The Alamo Drafthouse and its annoyed the crap outta me for a few months. To the point I even left the theatre when the trailer started playing before Three Billboards. I decided since the film was a big awards contender to check it out however, and I'm stunned how riveting and great it actually was.
The fact this is only like, my #27 of the year or something just shows how exceptional this year for movies really has been.
This is an unconventional, truly innovative biopic that is some parts Scorsese and other times just telling a somewhat inspirational but mostly heartbreaking true story.
This film is just kinda something I can't see myself ever going out of my way to watch again because its so uncomfortable. Yet, this film was never boring, I was always on the edge of my seat the entire time.
When the movie first started, I actually hated it at first. I thought it was lazy, manipulative, mean spirited and on the nose (especially with its music choices.) Once the film really did sweep over me however, I got kinda what the filmmakers were going for with their choices and I overall liked it (for the most parts.)
There are still several times where the film tells you how to feel with a song choice or a montage without the feeling being earned, but, overall they did do a good job of establishing these characters and relationships in a wholly unique way. I feel like I knew all of these people at the end of the movie and wanted to know where they were at now.
After so many of these true stories, I really don't care, but, this movie really did have me wanting to read up on Wikipedia all about this scandal. I went in pretty blind to the whole affair and I can't believe this crap actually happened.
Anyways, pretty solid film. Really did not expect to like this one as much as I did.