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I May Destroy You
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One of the most effective works of dramatic tension I've ever seen. And the amazing thing is how it is all executed through character progression. Through audience expectations of the specific moments we're given to view the events that take place. The ambiguous character motivations, the painful ability each character has to sympathize with the other characters. But will they? It's an incredibly fascinating movie. Simplistic, realistic, powerful.
Let's be honest - Christopher Plummer is the best thing that could've happened to this movie. He's the only real reason worth watching this apart from some nice cinematography, one or two scenes of sharp dialogue, and an okay performance from Michelle Williams.
Above all else, I hope this gets Sally Hawkins recognition as one of the finest actresses working today. Her charisma shines through despite being incapable of vocalization. Jenkins is a nice counterbalance - neurotic, romantic, and just as friendly. However, the formulaic nature of its plot mechanisms announces itself after its midpoint escape scene, and into the third act. What we're left with is something pretty standard, and familiar to the extent that it is unaffecting when it counts.
Honestly pretty funny slapstick action-adventure, bookended by some godawful high school Breakfast Club stuff. Jack Black is an American treasure. Can't imagine how fun this was to shoot. Would see these four leads in just about any setting.