Lamb ★★★½

7/10, C
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This felt like two completely different movies. Chapter 1 was a total slog, and I was worried that this would be the first A24 movie that I’d rate less than 3.5 stars. It wasn’t without its merits; the scenery was spectacular and it was really well-shot. But man, that first chunk was just so boring. I couldn’t get into it at all.

Chapters 2 and 3 really made up for it. It felt like a completely different movie; I went from watching a treacherous slow burn to watching a quirky dark comedy about a couple raising a lamb-human hybrid. It became a lot more entertaining and mixed humor with moments of horror really well. This movie grew on me so much as it went on; I went from disliking it to actually quite enjoying it.

And the ending was fantastic. This movie just got better as it went on. The main thing holding it back was that there were like 40 minutes of nothingness at the beginning. Maybe if I rewatched, I could better comprehend that first chunk and I would like it better overall. Chapter 1 was rough to get through, but by the end of the movie, I came away happy I saw this.

It’s still near the bottom of my A24 list overall, but I appreciate the quirkiness and the commitment to such a strange concept. There’s an even better movie hidden in here somewhere, but I still liked it for what it was.

Also, it’s interesting that this was co-written by this guy Sjón, who helped write some of the music for the amazing Dancer in the Dark starring Björk. He’s also co-writing Robert Eggers’ new film The Northman, which Björk is also in. He seems to be a frequent collaborator with Björk! Interesting career.

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