Burning ★★★★½

8.5/10
2018 Ranked.

Burning deserves a 4.5 if not 5 star rating for its direction and cinematography alone. This is some of the best cinematography and direction that I have seen in a long time. Very impressive, very colorful, difficult long takes that demand sharp coordination, direction, and acting talent to pull off are sprinkled throughout the film. The best examples being a brief nightclub dance scene, and, more importantly, a long pot smoking into dancing scene, both of which were long, immaculate long takes that just floored me. Burning also features some impressive dialogue, and makes a film largely dependent on just people talking to each other feel brisk in pace and entertainment, being filled with some very impressive monologues and verbal exchanges.

This is one of those films with a story that you kind of have to let to sift and set. It's very impressive in virtually every aspect, and I am going to be thinking about this film for days to come.

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