A Private War
Crazy Rich Asians
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The link between the two plots relies on a melodramatic coincidence that he sets up and then oddly declines to exploit.
Admirably restrained, this is nonetheless a historical drama on an expansive canvas that, even though it runs over three hours, is always engaging.
One of the subtler strengths of "Never Look Away" is the canny evocation of a war-weary, defeated population who did not experience communism as a revolution but a substitution.
Gorgeous, engaging drama.
An epic masterwork that bears witness to 3 decades of totalitarian rule in Germany and its effects on art and love and family bonds.
It's almost impressive how hypocritical von Donnersmarck is in his dishonesty amidst a movie ostensibly about the importance of truth.
While Henckel Von Donnersmarck bites off a particularly substantive topic, he addresses said topic with traditional, if overdone, tropes of biopics and melodrama.
For about two hours, the 188-minute film is a frustrating experience...the last hour, imbued with a mystical quality, really works. The film makes the case that even the most individualistic artist is at his best looking back at his nation's history.
A film that is as anti-intellectual-friendly as it is glaringly, pathetically melodramatic.
Never Look Away is an often moving, thoughtful drama about the correlations between personal experience, politics and art.
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