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I am a fan of Rob McKittrick's other well known movie, Waiting and there are a lot of similarities here. In both films a childish game keeps the ensemble case bonded together. An Oscar contender this is not but this movie did manage to be about something while earning numerous belly laughs. That's more than I can say about many other comedies I see.
If you think of onscreen chases as being an art form in their own right (I do) then this picture certainly meets & perhaps even raises the bar. The same can't quite be said for the storyline, which seems a tad convoluted and lacking in resonance. But hey, it's a summer blockbuster. Best enjoyed on the big screen.
It's safe to say this film does justice to the original and that of course is no mean feat. Gosling is perfectly cast as a long-fused replicant cop. This should be seen on the big screen to fully appreciate what has been achieved with the rendering of the eerie, run-down dystopian future environment.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
I find most bio pics to be gruesomely earnest and formulaic, but when a film transcends the usual traps, it can be a thing of real beauty. This one gave me a deeper feeling for the period and left me haunted with the moods that surely accompanied the instantaneous, brutal end to that fleeting period where there "was a Camelot".
A degree of ambiguity and lack of sugar coating made for a more convincing therefore engrossing experience. The film does convey Jackie's savvy, resolve and poise without needing to dwell and rub all our noses in it. There is also a compelling, pervasive melancholy and one gets a sense that she was not especially fun to be around.
Natalie Portman was of course outstanding in the lead role but I also think we have Chilean director Pablo Larrain to thank for bringing so much nuance. This one really got under my skin and stayed with me, so I give it two thumbs way up!