I didn't know that Simon Blackwell was involved in this until the end credits, but it makes sense in retrospect. The tonal shifts from satirical hilarity to numbing horror are well-executed, and Ahmed is, of course, wonderful.
It's perhaps a bit too easy, and tempting, to view this through the lens of the National's songs, and to think of it as little more than a long-form video for 6 of the songs from their new album. By all accounts, the process that birthed the film and album was not so straightforward.
If this film has any weakness, it is that it goes beyond being a "companion piece" to the album and becomes dependent on the songs. Having…