No one can really know what death is like. Similarly no one can know what it is truly like to lose one's memory or to have Alzheimer's. As someone who has lost a parent to this disease, this sure felt like experience might be. The frustration of the parent and the adult child/caregiver, the madness the mood-swings. This great cast along with the storytelling of Florian Zeller have created an experience that, while it cannot be the feel-good movie of the year, nonetheless makes you feel. And that's a good thing. I hate to overrate a movie which then raises expectations and can ruin the experience. This film should still be experienced.
I just re-watched Avatar as I heard some people talking about how phenomenal it is and how it holds up over time. I think it's a really good movie and definitely something a sci-fi or action movie fan would enjoy. Overall, I think it's also reflective of it's writer/director James Cameron. Huge budget, grandiose and it delivers to a point. I could do without all the testosterone saturated characters which again is reflective of Cameron. Seriously, there's only one character that doesn't puff up with bravado and that is, unsurprisingly, one of the science geeks who is mainly there to provide exposition/context. Literally everyone else, from Segourney Weaver and her awkward cigarette (don't all scientists smoke?) to the executive as the non military head of the operation who is named Parker "Selfridge". Really? Selfish, Selfridge... we get it already. And what are the humans after on the planet moon Pandora? An ore called "Unobtanium". Again, really? Why not call it "really-hard-to-get-and-therefore-extremely-valuable-quartz"?
There is also the inhabitants of the planet. An incredible job of creating a paradise-like world with imaginative creatures. The most advanced creatures are the Na'vi who appear to be a composite of Native Americans combined with some Buddhist philosophy and, oh yeah, The Force from Star Wars. They live simply with a connection to all things that surround them. Everything is interconnected both figuratively and literally like brain cells are connected by synapses. I read somewhere the world Cameron created is more like a video game than a traditional movie and it does have that feel, but it's done really well.
Finally, the movie clocks in at over 2 hours and 40 minutes. So, like James Cameron himself, the movie is self indulgent, full of arrogant characters, testosterone driven and at times heavy handed (i.e. Unobtanium). It's also worth seeing.
I wouldn't even say it passed the time as I rented it and then walked away checking in every now and then. Then it has the audacity to be over two hours long. You know how they have a director's cut? This one should have had a viewer's cut that was about 90 minutes. Then it might have received better reviews. The actors are all talented. It wasn't their performances. There was plenty of action... maybe too much?
It just took to long to tell the story or the story wasn't told in a way that was compelling enough.