attempting to break a habit of giving every OK movie 4 stars
Everyone knows kids learn from the adults in their lives. Sean Baker, having these 6 year olds yell:
“Go home rat shit, bitch”
“You are SHIT.”
tells us exactly what we need to know about these kids and their home lives.
This movie is so smart, so colorful, and ultimately heart breaking. The loyalty we show our parents, earned or unearned, is on full display.
People online deride Baker for his choices of “subjects,” but then who else is telling these stories?
“I believe I was spared so I could finish the job.”
Very complex movie. I didn’t catch it the first time, but this second viewing had me asking: Whose destiny is righteous and good—
ours or theirs?
There is a clear answer, obviously. The Anti-Terroists. But the obsession with prophecy—that God put me here to do this—specifically American politicians, goes both ways.
The most dangerous piece may be that Maya does get her man. The paths and choices she took…
In all his films, Wes Anderson does this wonderful thing: he introduces a ridiculous (marvelous) story, so that all the little details and sub-stories seem plausible. He breaks us down early in the opening minutes, so the rest of the journey can be real—so we can believe.
And it’s not a trick. He knows we know. If this movie seems overpacked with details, it’s because it is. Accept his disarmament. Let it wear you away. Then enjoy.
With that said,…