Film Studies Student.
Day 36 of lockdown: Okay this actually took me a few days to finish for various reasons. I've studied King Lear so I enjoyed being able to pick out and compare moments. That being said I found it difficult to generally connect to any of the characters and I feel one factor is the lack of close-up shots. We view everything from a distance which enhances the general theme of the distance between Hidetora and his sons, but my interest certainly waned a few times. Yet, there were some fantastic scenes and shots here that definitely bumped up my rating!
The beginning: an empty day and some cinema vouchers. A confusing trailer gave little away and middling reviews left few expectations.
The end: a contender for favourite film of the year, little regard for those who criticise the flashbacks (did you really want all that exposition as dialogue???? Really????) and returning for another watch (to make sure I hadn't been brainwashed by the beautiful cinematography).
In conclusion - damn you Amazon for making me care about one of your films.