tomcivis’s review published on Letterboxd:
I feel weird. This movie made me feel frustrated and dejected. Sometimes I wonder if the mere fact that a film causes a strong emotional reaction of any kind is what makes it great. But then again, if you did not enjoy the experience of watching it, how could you call it great?
Anyways, "The Florida Project" bursts with life and is full of little joyful moments, thereby taking a firm and empathic stand against miserabilism and hopelessness amidst a seemingly inescapable downward spiral on the fringes of American society. And Willem Dafoe is the much needed one good soul in this f*ucked up world of sh*t in candy colors, without whom this film most likely would have been simply heartbreaking and unbearable.
And still, the question in my head remains: Does a movie have to be powerful or does it have to enjoyable, in order to be "good". And if it's both, does that make it great? Undoubtedly, this is a unique and powerful movie. And yet, it's a hard pill to swallow. One that neither tastes good nor makes you high but angry instead. And you don't even know what it is that you are angry at... poverty? Like in general? Social injustice? "THE SYSTEM"?? There is no relief to that kind of anger. This film brutally leaves you hanging in the end, and you simply hope that those kids could just stay in Disneyland forever.
And even this review already annoys me. So I'll just leave it at that I guess... Jeez, I need a drink and a joint and some ice cream right now. That's a weird mix, I know. But like I said, I feel weird.