<3 bennie <3’s review published on Letterboxd:
this has been a strange summer for me and films. i haven’t really experienced an INCREDIBLE, flawless new movie this year, with the two favorites i have either having some inherently large flaw, or being bathed in controversy (thus making me feel horrible for even remotely enjoying them). but one thing this summer did do was push me to go back. to stop rewatching as much as i do and start just watching films i’ve never seen more than i usually do. so far it’s paying off, as i’ve come to appreciate truly older films, but also newer/older films.
i feel like this is definitely a high point of this year, but also my entire film-consuming career. this is straight one of the best films i’ve ever seen. from basically the moment it began, i knew it was going to be special. so much of this is awesome, STELLAR filmmaking that i haven’t actually seen in a theatre recently. the simplicity of the story really elevates its ability to truly be fantastic, as it allows the cinematic nature of it to really come to the forefront of the viewer’s viewing experience. it’s beautifully shot, written like a behemoth, and truly embodies why i love film. because it is magical.
“if the rule you followed brought you to this, of what use was the rule?”