I love movies, but I have more blind spots than a Mack truck without its mirrors. Trying to slowly but surely correct this!
I wanted to like this more - on paper it’s a very me movie. And some sequences are great - every time I got a “this is what the sun looked like in 2003” I was delighted. But the romantic chemistry between McGregor and Laurent never felt right, and in a romantic movie, that’s something that has to be there for it to work correctly.
But everything in this with Plummer and Goran Višnjić? Sign me up. There’s also a scene in here between Plummer and McGregor about giraffes and lions that is excellent and moved me deeply. Maybe a 4 on next watch?
Chalk this one up under movie that goes to unexpected places - I thought in the first 15 minutes I knew where we were headed, and by the end I was absolutely gobsmacked. The final two scenes in this are overwhelming and amazing, and if nothing else comes out of this challenge, I will have seen this because of it.
The first minute and a half of this I thought it was going to go one way, and then the next three minutes it went another. For me, that’s an accomplishment with a short - to be so absolutely surprised by its direction. What at first seems to be drunken ramblings are something else entirely. The simple camera work here in particular was something to marvel at - I can’t imagine how long it took to get this nearly continuous shot. Loved this.
This to me is a master work because it feels so realistic - both of the main characters here have so much life and history to them that I almost feel like it’s OK that we don’t really get much of a portrait of their marriage despite the title. I say almost because it does feel to me at times that the strings are being pulled a little too hard for Adam Driver’s Charlie - we are told how Scarlett…