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This movie is fascinating. In all aspects. It has an American Gothic type feel to it that pervades the whole movie. The cinematography is always fascinating to watch and the sound design is really striking. As an overall assessment, director Chan-wook Park nails it. Also, for being Wentworth Miller's first produced script, it's an impressive one. The leading cast also impresses. I mean, Nicole Kidman can play the crazy mother all day every day, so that was great. Matthew Goode is ungodly creepy, and Mia Wasikowska uses her quiet intensity really well in this. This is a dark, twisted, coming of age story that I highly recommend.
I'm all for indie low budget. What I'm not for is indie low budget with no plot. Well, there is a plot, it's just minuscule and meandering. There's also a lot of long takes that weren't interesting. I'm sorry, I just don't find watching somebody disgustingly eat a giant plate of spaghetti for four solid minutes entertaining. There are some humorous moments, and I commend Joshua Burge for just going for it, but I just didn't find this enjoyable.
This is a completely atypical coming of age story, since the protagonist is violently and swiftly forced out of her childhood. Saskia Rosendahl gives a compelling debut performance as Lore, as she constantly confronted with things she learned as a child being challenged and we see her start making her own opinions and decisions. The movie overall is simple, sparse. We only see what we need to. There is no exposition or filler, we just see their journey. As with most movies of this nature, it does drag a little bit, especially in the middle, but this is still a really interesting character study, as well as a look at a side of history we don't normally see.
Here's the thing. The plot is formulaic and predictable. It gets sickeningly sweet and sentimental. But. This is still an adorable movie nonetheless. I think the acting really elevates the slightly better than average script. Vanessa Redgrave and Terrence Stamp are wonderful, their scenes together are great. Gemma Arterton and Christopher Eccleston also are great as the choir director and the couple's son, respectively. Honestly, the movie in general is nothing to write home about, but it's great for a Netflix night in.
So the thing that's weird for me while I was watching this was that I essentially knew the entire plot already because I watch Agents of SHIELD. I won't ruin it for anyone that doesn't know what happens, but it was like watching backstory. Nevertheless, this movie is awesome. The banter is fun, the fights and special effects are badass, and its always fun to have the Marvel gang back together. What I particularly liked about this one was that it takes a bit more of a political take instead of just the action/adventure. Don't worry, things blowing up is still all over this, but there is a whole other layer, which is really nice. Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Hayley Atwell, and Sebastian Stan are always on it. No complaints about the returning cast. Also, Anthony Mackie and Emily VanCamp are great additions. Basically, this just gets me more amped for the next Avengers movie. Can't wait.