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It is rare to find a heist genera film that contains a socially relevant perspectives. The settings for Hell or High Water are economically depressed towns in Texas. This is where we find two brothers that have lived with poverty and abuse which informs both characters, both with different life outcomes. We see a racist cop and an Indigenous cop that have an interesting yet uncomfortable partnership. There is a broad understanding of history and how it has shaped these types of town and the people that live in them (and America as a whole). There are only a few weak points, 1) some unclear story points, 2) the use of country music/new country songs with vocals was unnecessary (also, not a fan of country music so that drew me out of the film a bit). All and all, this was a well thought out script and characters that feels more than authentic.
Great addition to the Star Wars universe! Director Gareth Edwards nails the scope and grander of worlds and iconic set pieces. There is more than a few nods to the original trilogy here. At the heart of it all are memorable characters and story.
Overall I enjoyed this instalment in the Star Trek franchise. If you've seen the previous two films with this cast then you will likely enjoy this one too. I have two issues with the film. First is interior lighting - I struggled a bit to read the actors facial expressions. I know the film is set in space but a little more creative lighting would have helped. I also found the film moved at a clip which was exciting but there were too few moment to let the scene and story breath and for some audiences keeping up might be a challenge - in addition the exposition was usually delivered at a fever pace as to not draw too much attention to it. I would watch it again but not in the theatre.
Benicio del Toro steals the show!! However, the movie plays out from the point of view of Nick (Josh Hutcherson) - Escobar's niece's boyfriend/finance/husband. Also, I did not expect the performance given by Josh Hutchinson, especially when the stakes got more dire and haunting. Without seeing Escobar, we see the far reach of his power and how it dominates Nick's character. I guess the main problem is the title of the film. It's called Escobar but it is really Nick's story.
Great movie! Had dreams of falling after I watched it. If you don't like heights or get vertigo easily then you might want to skip this one. (Surprising it did not get nominated for best picture...)