film critic for the new york times
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I don’t mean to sound dense or glib, but what exactly are the stakes here? That they successfully acquire photographic evidence of extraterrestrial life? Which… I don’t remotely believe would actually convince anyone of anything, and which I therefore find basically pointless? (I had a similar problem with the ending of Glass — the world has literally never been more skeptical of the veracity of images, you can make a dead-ringer deepfake of Obama saying he created Covid in a lab…
There’s a quote from the New York Times Book Review about Going Clear that I thought about a lot watching this — that Lawrence Wright “bends over backwards to be fair to Scientology, which makes the indictment that much more powerful.” You Can Live Forever treats the Jehovah’s Witnesses with similarly acute, nonjudgmental clarity, and manages to totally avoid the temptation to mock or ridicule the church even as it gets granular about some of the stranger beliefs and rituals, which…