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brooks richon’s review published on Letterboxd:
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I really enjoyed the madness of this movie. It was surprisingly funny! And not at all scary honestly, but that’s ok.
The best parts of this movie are post-mermaid dream and pre- beat each other up time. I liked when the viewer’s conception of time was questioned and the craziness of the two Tom’s took over. Their homoerotic tension and immediate danger being stranded were definitely the core driving forces of the film. Otherwise, the rest of the narrative was boring to me (their backstories, the Prometheus stuff, eh). The lead-up was way too slow-paced, and the ending was ok, but didn’t either leave me satisfied or dissatisfied in any meaningful way
Dafoe and Pattinson committed to their work, and Dafoe was definitely the stand-out. However, Pattinson’s accent distracted from the rest of his performance for me.
It’s definitely beautifully shot though!! Maybe if I saw it larger (and with subtitles tbh) I would like it better.
I thought the decisions surrounding black and white, 1:1, and near lack of score except for some of the climaxes were pretty cool but didn’t blow my mind.