Annette ★★★½

Wildly ambitious… like something Andrew Lloyd Webber would have written had he taken bad drugs (although who’s to say that isn’t how Cats happened). It’s also largely unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Baby Annette was serving a performance that’ll have you convinced we need a Best Puppet category at the next Oscars. It’s fully committed to the bit and almost always winking to the audience, a tight wire act of tones that feels both thrilling and a little exasperating. Adam Driver has never been stronger, and while Marion Cotillard feels like she could have been served a little more she makes the most of her role. The Sparks Brothers couldn’t have stepped into the spotlight with a more apt piece of art. Will be thinking about this one for a long time!

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