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It's a bit of an odd documentary this, it starts out with one pretty interesting but fairly low profile subject and then a third of the way in changes gears and focus to a much more high profile and extremely interesting subject, more down to circumstance than anything else. The director (and initial subject) Bryan is likeable and I was happy enough to watch that story play out but the real intrigue is with maverick doctor, Grigory Dochenkov. He?s a bit of an anti-hero and while his whistleblowing is a good thing, given most of his professional life has been conducted immorally, the praise shouldn't go very far. He's very funny and endearing though which makes the whole thing even more entertaining.
The stop-motion animation is unbelievably good and the characters are warm and endearing. Wes Anderson has struck gold again. The soundtrack is great as expected too.
Excellent high concept thriller/horror. Theres some plot points that dont make much sense but its forgivable. It might have been an idea to abstain from the VP for a while though, or at least bag up with some sort of home-made rudimentary sheath!
I had high hopes for this after all the hype, a lot of which came from movie critics I respect, so ultimately it was a disappointment. It starts off well enough and Frances McDormand is as commanding and authentic as ever, the turning point was probably the ridiculously bad CGI deer scene, thats when it lost me. The script is biting and hilarious at times but all too often the tone is off and the surrealist elements seem out of place and play like a poor mans Coen Bros. When I twigged this was by the same director at the acclaimed In Bruges, it all made sense, that film suffered even more so than this from ill placed comedy and OTT incidents. A bit of a shame really.
My 14 months old lad adores this so Ive seen it countless times, though never in the intended chronological order. Its ace. Strong characters, plenty of laughs, great story and good tunes (and I hate musicals). I love the Jemaine Clement Bowie tribute too. Youre welcome.