Annette ★★★★½

"Ladies and gentlemen, we now ask for your complete attention. If you want to sing, laugh, clap, cry, yawn, boo or fart, please, do it in your head, only in your head. You are now kindly requested to keep silent and to hold your breath until the very end of the show. Breathing will not be tolerated during the show. So, please take a deep, last breath right now. Thank you." - The Narrator

Leos Carax's 'Annette' is an completely enthralling, avant-garde, abstract piece of musical cinematic art. With grand set pieces and themes, powerful performances, pristine production, and ravishing cinematography. Taking the viewer on a visceral and sometimes quite surreal journey about, love, fame, loss, guilt, and exploitation. Utilizing it's fair share of symbolism to subtlety further convey it's themes. The most obvious, seeing the color green littered everywhere throughout the film. The color meaning of green is vitality, freshness, growth, wealth, balance, health, & youthfulness. All of which are touched on at some point or another. Whether or not this was Carax's true intentions, or perhaps he just simply enjoys the color green, I don't know. Either way the themes do line up and I found it very interesting and fun to attempt to piece together regardless.

'Annette' most certainly won't work for everyone. It's definitely more on the art house/experimental side of cinema. As a result it does tend to come off as a bit pretentious at times, even if it didn't really bother me much. I was completely mesmerized by the dreamy musical numbers and surrealism bouncing off of my screen, as well as the impeccable and committed performances from Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard. Driver in particularly, delivering arguably his best performance yet, since Marriage Story or Paterson in my opinion. I guess my only real complaint is the runtime. Although I enjoyed every moment of the film, it could of easily been cut down a bit, and still successfully conveyed it's message.

Honestly I think this is going to go down as one of my favorite films of the year. Divisive, for sure, I just can't properly express how much this film truly surprised and enchanted me in the end. Easily the best modern musical since Damien Chazelle's La La Land in my opinion. Incredibly creative, passionate, and widely original. Highly recommended to Adam Driver fans, Bo Burnham fans, musical lovers, and audacious cinema appreciaters.

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