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Looks and feels like a retread of previous entries, and the animation can be painfully static outside of fights, but some of the more NUANCED themes REVISITED, like the protagonists' relationship, end up being some of the most enjoyable aspects of the film.
A sentimental and often difficult watch, 'Mommy' gave me pause to admire the roles and responsibilities of a parent in the face of challenges that would drive many to madness and violence, including possibly myself. Its depiction of mental issues are also relatively unglamorized, as far as I can tell, to the point that there are few redeeming or uplifting outcomes as a result.
'Incendies' sometimes thinks it's smarter than what it is, but other than the way that the story is structured sometimes, the movie boasts compelling performances and intriguing, sometimes uncomfortable scenarios.
You get exactly what you expect.
The first act is quite mundane and relatively boring, in a way that I haven't seen from a film in a while. What follows though, is a steady escalation of events that ultimately pay off. Many points of view and contrasting opinions are represented in the movie, but they' are done so in a way that feels balanced and ultimately satisfying.