Unbelievably good. As a lover of Hollywood and movies insightful of it, I am delighted. The film shines for its astounding realism and undeniable reflection of the industry as well as everyday life in general. Do we cope with life’s bumps and move with the changing times to keep doing what we love? Or do we fall victim to past stardom and drown in delusions of days passed? Our protagonist seems to be at a crossroads between throwing his morals…
I intend to make my own way in the world.
I have fallen in love with this film in ways I did not imagine before. The levels of warmth and comfort Gerwig reaches through her pristine direction are incredible. You could pause this film at any moment, print up the shot and put it on your wall from just how beautiful everything is. All the characters, especially the Match sisters (but like ALL the characters), are written to perfection. And…
Though I’ve never been a sucker for horse movies, I can applaud the way this film approaches the narrative of having a physical barrier stopping you from achieving your goals; a theme that extends way beyond riding horses. But that goes without saying. Chloé Zhao’s script is depressing, in a word, and though its choice of execution is not my favorite, I can’t not say it works very well. Good movie!
Everyone needs to see this. It is incredibly difficult to discuss this film without spoiling major plot points. All I can say is Almodóvar’s classic style turns sick, finding and exploring identity in ways and conditions he has never before (or anyone has, for that matter). It finds gray where there is usually black or white, it creates blur where there is usually straight lines and it shows a teetering of power and control through a brand new lens. Don’t see trailers. Don’t read reviews. Just watch.