The Good Place
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A little tonally uneven and convenient but buoyed by an incredible lead performance, beautiful cinematography, and a top-notch score.
Probably too upsetting for me to say I really loved or enjoyed it, that being said I was 100% captivated by it. I would love to rewatch now that I can piece together the timeline. Binoche is wicked. Definitely more Tarkovsky than Lucas.
There is so much about this movie that seemed made for me: Sturgill Simpson singing the theme song, Tom Waits mumbling to himself in the woods, amazing cast featuring Bill Murray and Adam driver. Unfortunately none of it builds enough credit for me to really enjoy this movie. The dialogue is so clunky and exposition heavy. Every joke or visual gag is immediately pointed at or explained. And the message of disdain for modern society and the impact of climate change was like a giant club bashing me over the head. I laughed a few times and enjoyed some moments but my biggest take away is disappointment for what this movie could've been.
Took some time to adjust to the aesthetic of the photography but once I did I was locked in. Literal edge of my seat locked in. The performance from Swinton-Byrne was so genuine. There was just enough humor to crest the intense subject matter. I was truly blown away. What a moving film.
So damn funny. Both were great but Dever especially was fantastic. Beyond the two leads I felt a personal connection with everyone in that school. Perfect teen comedy for the now.