Ralph Breaks the Internet
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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There are too few instances where all of the film's different elements come together to deliver any kind of visceral charge.
Though it hardly wants for sincerity or ambition, Coixet's portrait of an arduous mid-career expedition by American explorer Josephine Peary is dramatically as pallid and lifeless as the frozen tundra on which it takes place.
This time Coixet may have bitten off more than she could chew, with the challenges of filming a historical adventure movie leaving her heroine sorely underdeveloped.
The first half is all about getting into this position, where two women have to depend on each other. The second half is where the drama lives... but by then it's too late. Coixet has blown our goodwill.
On paper, [the film] should be bold and dramatic -- but there is an awful wishy-washiness to it.
The evocative, philosophical, awe-inspiring story that Barros and Coixet so clearly hoped to tell is in here somewhere, but sadly, you couldn't find it with a compass.
While blessed with an impressive double act in the form of Juliette Binoche and Rinko Kikuchi it never quite settles on enough intensity to carry its almost two hour running time.
Though evidently the point - to provoke a sense of disquiet and claustrophobia from the viewer to make for an immersive experience, conversely, it doesn't quite make for a very entertaining one, which has to count for something.
Even more grinding than the plot's predictability, however, is the film's depiction of the Inuit people.
More time in developing the story, and more respect for the characters, would have helped the film, which ended up leaving me a bit emotionally cold.
Endless Night is a terribly inconsistent film.
At times Endless Night really does seem endless; those long winter nights are difficult to endure -- and, sadly, that also goes for the film.
With an impressive cinematography that explores the isolation and vast whiteness of the Arctic, this is an engaging story centered on a cultural clash experienced by two very different characters who are forced to endure a terrifying glacial nightmare together.
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