The pacing is by far the biggest issue, but I don't get why this isn't talked about more.
At first glance, the audience will roll their eyes (as I did myself). But as you let the film breathe it becomes all the more impressive.
The performances are somehow pretty decent with the original Shakespeare screenplay, the direction is honestly incredible, and the cinematography is kinda nuts (in a good way).
Watching this alone was kinda sad and made me feel like I was on acid, but other than that a pretty fun watch!
I've been trying to get my parents to watch all the best picture nominees with me and every time I suggest this one they ask "what's it about?" And every time I simply have to say "it's about a courtroom drama" but quickly remembering that I still haven't looked up the synopsis.
So lo and behold I am the most grateful to Sorkin for not making me look like an idiot in front of my parents by writing a complexly written screenplay and naming it in the most simplistic fashion possible.
From an objective standpoint of an aspiring filmmaker like myself (or any filmmaker for that matter), this was very impressive.
By far one of the most interesting ideas/techniques this puts forth is simply the cultural impact it's had on filmmaking (especially in the case of the long take).
So incredibly well-directed, well-shot, well-written. Why am I not praising this film and everything it accomplishes.
Well, that's just the thing. I don't really find this to have accomplished anything by the…
Really really enjoyed this. The only real issue I had with it is it starts to feel a little messy and unfocused once it evolves into the bigger setpieces and sets of characters. If it were to stay at its roots and let me as the audience sink into that, then I think this would've hit much stronger. But still, so happy to see Taika doing what he does best.
Also, is New Zealand really like this? Because from what I can see it looks pretty majestical... aye?