Kore-eda continues to impress with this absolutely bittersweet piece. One could argue our main character is a terrible human being, but showing him through an outsider's perspective, helps make it a truly humane look into this very sad life he has put himself in. He's actively trying to be better, yet fails everytime, and we can see why. It's truly a touching portrait and one that I will think about for quite some time. It's brilliant in a very subtle…
Recommended by Tim
As a highscooler who graduates in a few months, this hit hard. Like really damn hard. The thought of having your whole life ahead of you, and having to decide yourself exactly how you're gonna spend it, sure is scary. This film shows you how hard that can be, while also how rewarding life can be. It's a very beautiful and bittersweet coming-of-age film that definitely struck a chord with me, and a film that joins the list of ones that makes me appreciate the state I'm in right now just a little bit more.
There's lots to unpack here. And I'm unsure I fully got Sono's magnificent vision. But damn did I FEEL it. This is as vibrant as it gets, those colors man! It's thematically complex and very interesting because of that. Like Love Exposure, this film doesn't tackle one thing, no it talks about a lot of stuff. The structure of it was kinda questionable at times and I do wish the setup was a bit stronger, but overall I was happy experiencing this absolute insane ride!
What an incredible episode. A lot more "focused" and less exciting to an extent, but it's very good in that way. In a show filled to the brim with problems of all sorts and resemblances of severe anxiety, this was the break we all desperately needed. And man, did it do the job. Zendaya and Domingo are absolutely fantastic and mesh so well together on screen.
On to the next one!