An all-encompassingly bleak look at lives constrained by unyielding expectations in '50s Brooklyn – one that does veer into melodrama and stereotypes but is largely hauntingly hellish
This is seen now by some to be a classic, and it certainly has a captivatingly self-aware performance from Megan Fox as well as valuable commentary on objectification. It's not quite as funny, horrific, or meaningful as it could be, though, and seems better suited to being a short film.
Ad Astra is not just a film about exploring the stars, and in that it certainly fits expectations of a space film. This one couples a journey through space with questioning about the purpose of pushing onwards, feeling like a mixture of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, and First Reformed. It's a tantalising prospect and could be elegantly handled by a thoughtful writer and director.
Everything's from the perspective of Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), a lonely, quiet, and unemotive…
It's pretty clear that this is a frenetic, ensemble-driven riff on the whodunnit, and the genre playfulness will be certainly expected by anyone aware of Rian Johnson's subversive work. There is, of course, a contingent of people critical of him following The Last Jedi, but many people too were engaged by his pointed, precise politics. This film sees a dive into pressing concerns around wealth and power with typically incisive wit, bringing some new talent to bear and mostly avoiding…