A perfect film about mothers and sons, this film felt so true to life it hurt. While Mills has noted that elements of the plot are auto-biographical to him, they felt auto-biographical to a lot of men and their mothers, as the relateability was high. I saw many moments from my own childhood reflected on-screen, but from my mother's POV. Moreover, the characterization was done so beautifully, with all of the characters unique and painted in fascinating shades of gray. While the entire cast is excellent, Bening, Gerwig, and Fanning are especially powerful here, as women from different generations with different views of how the world works. The best film of 2017.
A smart, contemplative reflection on religion. The almost three-hour runtime is not a problem, as the film never drags. Moreover, the message revolving around the balance between personal belief and imposing belief upon others is fascinating and timely. Garfield delivers a powerhouse performance while Liam Neeson is strong in a third act that turns the film onto its head.
Touching, tragic, and enchanting all at once, this is the closest a film has come to recreating the magic of Pan's Labyrinth. The material is harsh and does not pander to any audience, forcing us to face the harsh truths of reality in a beautiful film. One of the year's best.
The film is true to real life to a fault. Ditching narrative structure for a sense of realness, this captured the humor inherent in sadness and blue-collar New England perfectly. Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, and the rest of the cast infuse their characters with a sense of realness that you really can't find anywhere else.
One of the best Star Wars movies ever made, this story mines dark material about the nature and sacrifice involved in opposing injustice. The film develops strong characters and builds to an exciting, terrifying, and emotional climax that more than pays off in fantastic fashion.