Cold War ★★★½

near flawless on a technical level, but i have the same issue i have with a star is born ... the romance just doesn’t work for me! clearly it works for many others, so maybe i’m missing something, but personally i couldn’t feel the love between these characters. yes, they’re based on writer/director pawel pawlikowski’s own parents, but somehow it still felt like the same rehashed story of the older man and his talented younger muse that i’ve seen a million times. the political backdrop of the cold war, joanna kulig’s powerhouse singing, and the stunning black & white cinematography do freshen up the stale romance, but i keep unintentionally ending every thought i have with the word “but” because i, a hopeless romantic, felt nothing.