John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
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Superbly acted. Farhadi ambitiously explores complex themes in this film. While compelling for the most part, its contrived drama often flirts with being over the top. It is the strength of Hosseini's acting that holds the film together. The ending doesn't succeed in achieving its desired shock value; instead of a bang, it ends with a whimper.
Goodish. Interesting premise. Phenomenal cast. Plot development as thick and slow as molasses with overuse of the dog to help move the story. Unnecessarily misleading/shifty character development and awkward ending.
Beautiful cinematography, use of music, compelling performances. While everything was "perfect" and deserved every award recognition received, it didn't actually move me. While I logically see its merits as a complete and quality film, it left me emotionally wanting.
I'm not a particularly emotional person and so it's very rare for a movie to really move me. This one moved me and it stayed with me days after I watched it. I loved everything about this film - the cast, the acting, the multiple storyline arcs and how they were developed, the shots and camera angles (raw and realistic as opposed to veneer), the beautiful visual metaphors. I also haven't seen the coming of age story so convincingly handled by three different actors (all playing the same main character) since Cinema Paradiso. It is breathtaking to watch a film alternate so expertly between being hard and gentle as it needs to be - Jenkins does a stellar job.
The Love Witch is Anna Biller's second feature film and my first time watching any of her works. The film is artistically spectacular - Costumes, shot making, colours, dialogue delivery - and original in scope. Biller commits to her genre (classic horror) and period-look (mid-sixties to early seventies, think "I Dream of Jeannie" or "Bewitched") and uses satire to turn the patriarchy on its head. It's a lot to try to accomplish in two hours. The film isn't without a few flaws. Sometimes the script is too thick and the pacing too slow, but overall, The Love Witch distinctively shines. Biller has a lot of promise as a director.