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Perfect storytelling. The ultimate anti-war statement. Renoir makes it all seem so easy. Not just a war movie, this is one of the greatest prison escape films (Shawshank Redemption owes something to this classic). Whereas, most prison films seem claustrophobic, this one breathes with life and friendship. There is so much humanistic irony in this story. It attempts to unite people of differing countries; at a pivotal time where WWII was about to erupt. It was also unique to have so many different languages in a film - from French to English, Russian to German (and the Germans are portrayed as real people - not as villains). The film ultimately marks a poignant farewell to a time of class and honor; a sophisticated culture that would be eradicated due to the upcoming war. As the title suggests, the characters (and the audience) are constantly confronted with illusions. The film pulls off the veil and shows us a tragic yet humanistic truth that still manages to move audiences on a profound level.
A perfect minimalist film that explores a single character's anxieties and fear of relationships and commitment. Gyllenhal is incredible to watch and remarkably convincing in a dual role. The film is filled with mystery. Apparently, the cast and crew signed non-disclosure contracts after the film's release. The filmmaker wanted to maintain the film's elusiveness and allow the story to be open to interpretation. It seems to be about the fear of female entrapment. The male characters are paranoid of certain family obligations and tempted by the allure of illicit affairs. The re-occurring image of the spider might represent women trying to capture men in their "web". Even the mother seems to be represented by the large spider crawling over the city landscape. Now naturally, this is all paranoia in our main character's psyche. The wife/mother is entirely normal, very sympathetic and patient as hell. But filmmaker Villeneuve seems to be trying to capture that flawed aspect of men who can't help but be "tempted by the fruit of another". Enemy would make a great companion-piece to Eyes Wide Shut. Gyllenhal's doppelganger seems to be his alter-ego (behaving in a way he wishes to) and the key in the envelope is that symbolic gateway to what lies behind the closed door of the sub-conscious. The film is expertly made with a brilliant score reminiscent of Johnny Greenwood's work. It may only be a chamber work but the psychological implications help elevate this mini-masterwork into something that has repeat value and plenty to explore.
A sweet film that isn't afraid to get dark. The cast of children are incredibly natural to watch and the central character is full of empathy, pathos and humor. It's an endearing film with a potent message. Teachers will undoubtedly appreciate it and parents will also find much to connect with.
A film very much of the 21st century. It's a marvel of filmmaking in that it took twelve years to shoot, literally watching the lead character/actor grow up. But it also captures the modern era perfectly, from 2000 right up until 2012. It's one of the most honest coming-of-age stories ever told, In fact, there isn't a false moment in it. The actors are refreshingly real (not super gorgeous) and there's plenty of awkward moments that ring true. I also love the languid approach where time passes at a believable and relaxed approach. That said, the film actually made me feel old. On a personal note, I just turned forty and for the first time I didn't relate to the young protagonist but instead I related to the parents. Harsh! And I'm not even a parent yet!? As much as I admire the film, I can't say I loved it or it affected me on a personal level. I think if I was 25 then it would be one of my all-time favorite dramas. But as an adult, I felt a little detached from the protagonist's arc. In fact, I've never been blown away by any of Linklater's work. He's good but not really one of my favorites. I prefer The Kid with a Bike by Dardenne brothers or Kes by Ken Loach. That said, the final moments of Boyhood are beautifully Buddhist and I love the "enlightenment" the characters end the story with.
A total blast. At first I wasn't fully convinced. After all, there are some contrived moments throughout. Especially with the corny mother sequence at the beginning. They also throw the audience into a pre-existing universe that might seem a little bit overwhelming. Kinda like Star Wars with more of a zany approach. Also, the self-conscious tone might come across as a little too clever at times. But within half an hour, the characters won me over. Especially the raccoon and the tree. It's an action-packed ride with humor, and best of all, heart. By the end, I was moved to tears despite it's craziness. Marvel knocks another one out of the park. Gotta love that wacky post-credits moment.