Ambitious in scope, complex in characterisation, blessed with genuine directorial vision. Bleak and brutal, SAVAGE of course calls to mind the grim social realism of British filmmakers like Loach, Arnold, Ramsay and even Steve McQueen's HUNGER, but its influences stretch further than that. Beyond the obvious in ONCE WERE WARRIORS, of which this is a modern day cousin, the film I felt this most strongly alluded to was MOONLIGHT, in its triptych structure and its concern with the modern crisis…
I loved the use of colour in WAVES. Is the film messy and overcooked? Yes. Is it great when it hits? Also yes. I feel like everyone complaining that Shults throws every cinematic trick he has at this one is forgetting their fave PT Anderson was doing the same shit back in the day. Terrence Malick and Harmony Korine probably deserve a check for this too.
I think criticisms that a white filmmaker is making a film about intense black…