One day I hope to write/direct a narrative feature film of my own. Using Letterboxd to collect my thoughts about the art form.
All the performances are great, but Madhoo is as good as it gets.
The romance strikes just the right balance of whimsy, sensuality, tension and friendship. The supporting characters in the village add such a nice realist touch.
The themes of patriotism and the encroaching expansion of Imperialism on marginalized communities strikes a balance that is surprisingly nuanced. Rahman's music still captivates me, and as much as I love Pudhu Vella Mazhai, it's the incidental music that makes so many of the tense scenes work so well.
You take one game of raptor peekaboo in the kitchen, you take one face off with a demogorgon, you take one alien weakness from Signs, and try to stitch it together with solid acting and a few interesting mechanics revolving around breath and the sense of hearing: I mean, you could do worse. Good execution of a flimsy concept that thought it was higher on its own supply than it really was.
Requires an open mind and a willingness to decrypt its message. It's the feel good cult-horror of the year.
I would have made it shorter, but I can understand why Aster preferred making it this way.
Florence Pugh is so good. Absolute mastery. Deserves to stand alongside Collette's performance in Hereditary.
It's a real credit to Aster, too, that he can write these leads in such a way to leave the actresses room to deliver performances with such dynamic…