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Took my dad to see this, he laughed his ass off through the entirety of the film. Incredible stuff, I'm a proud son.
On second watch, I absolutely despised "Winslow." For the most part I liked him after my first viewing, probably because he stays quiet and is forced to do shit jobs (literally) for an hour. But the second time around, how he behaves before his demons come out was telling - I was suspicious of everything he said and did. Everything that comes out of his mouth is either a front or a lie (other than the fact that he wanted a steak). But it's remarkable how little he actually says about himself in this film, given the fact the entire movie is based on his morality/mortality/relationship with a higher power. As the movie progresses, his Canadian/timber man accent slowly fades, giving way to his Boston-sounding accent. This felt purposeful to me, a bad accent wouldn't have slid with Eggers. Towards the end of the film, Winslow badgers old Tom for constantly bull shitting him, in which sums up all he does during this film: Project his own self and faults onto old Tom. Also, both masturbation scenes involve him fantasizing about violence. And when he's beating up old Tom, he starts having a weird sexual fantasy. My take is that he killed the real Winslow, as opposed to passively watching him drown. Who knows, maybe on a third watch I'll be sympathetic with his character. Maybe he has internalized his passivity in Winslow's death into a deep feeling of guilt and shame and is manipulated by old Tom.
I have so much more to say about this movie and still so much more to learn. I want to watch again just to count how many sequences make my jaw drop.