So, I have finally seen it. The godfather of cinema as we know it today. The ground-breaking achievement in terms of technical possibilities that, even to this day, still remains impressive. It is so easy to just write this movie off as the most overrated, overhyped and just plain boring movie ever made. And while I do not consider it to be one of my absolute favorite movies of all time, I still think it is pretty damn good.
The very opening has a brooding, dark undertone to it that adds to the wonder and mystery there is to find regarding Charles Foster Kane. The character study, while not as mind-blowing now, was still way ahead of its time. The character of Kane is studied in a completely engrossing way in regards of narrative structure. Every scene feels like its own little masterpiece.
But one brilliant aspect of the film, which for some reason has been so shamelessly overlooked, is the electrifying performance from producer, writer and director Orson Welles himself.
There is nothing about the technical aspects of Citizen Kane I can say that has not already been said a million times already. It is, quite simply, perfection. Almost every movie since then owns its technical and/or stylish approaches to Citizen Kane.
Citizen Kane is quite simply a masterpiece. It's ground-breaking visuals, the amazing character study and the amazing performance from Orson Welles makes Citizen Kane triumph on every possible level. It is not only a fantastic movie in retrospect, it is also a prime example of everything movies are and can be. Unlike some older movies, such as Psycho, where the pacing is outdated, Citizen Kane still has the perfect pacing. The score is a very easy 10/10!
Paul Thomas Anderson proves once again that he is one of the best, if not the best director of this generation with regards of style alone. His shots are impressive and compliment the mood. The setting and set pieces also makes the movie very valid and convincing.
Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman are as great as ever, both giving performances that rank right up there as one of their better. But Joaquin Phoenix is the one who takes it all to a new level for me. His performance here only further proves that he is one of the greatest and most underrated actors in the business today.
The storytelling, however, is pretty damn poor. It's way too episodic and unfocused, and seems to move from set piece to set piece without any relevant closure whatsoever. It just does not work that well in my opinion, but it still does not take away the full enjoymentof watching Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master. 7/10