Annette ★★★★

So, may we start?

From the moment that the trailer came out, Leos Carax’s Annette was my most anticipated film of the year, and I can’t say that I was disappointed by it.

The first thing that I feel I need to mention in this review is the music. While I typically don’t love musicals (outside of those by Jacques Demy), every single song in this was excellent. I’ve never listened to the Sparks before this and after watching, I feel highly compelled to.

One of my favorite parts of this was the performances. Of the three central ones, it’s almost hard for me to pick a favorite. Adam Driver was at his very best in the film, with him having some of my favorite scenes of the movie, and of recent memory. Marion Cotillard, while having less to do, was also great. She worked perfectly as a foil to Driver. And then there’s Simon Helberg. With him being an actor I’ve only seen from a few episodes of The Big Bang Theory, I was thoroughly surprised by his incredibly powerful performance in the film. There’s a certain scene in this where he gives a monologue as the camera arcs around him that was one of my favorite scenes in the movie.

Carax’s direction was excellent, as was his writing which he did with the Sparks. The camera moved in a very meaningful way, and the cinematography was absolutely beautiful. There were lots of shots that I could call some of my favorites in recent memory.

When it comes to flaws, I can’t really think of any. Some will definitely not like some of the weirdness and think it has pacing issues, but I just can’t say that. All in all, a masterpiece and my favorite film of the year.

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