Queen & Slim
Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
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As engrossing and exotic as the story has been, there's something oddly dissatisfying about it. Is it because, having followed all along the story of a particular individual, we find him missing in action in the climactic unraveling of things in the end? He started out strong -- "You are MY woman!" -- but grew increasingly passive as time went by. Don't you need to show a strong passion for what you do regardless of what it is, even if it's a narcotics enterprise that you're developing?
Unwilling to settle for developing merely one interesting idea -- that of choosing between abandoning the despoiled Earth vs. saving it -- the filmmakers take on conjoining it with another -- a retelling of the Leda and Swan myth. Plot incoherence ensues. How this project seemed good on paper is unclear; although it's possible that these days, to offer more entertainment for streaming, almost anything goes.
Seems to have been produced by China's Ministry of Propaganda. Crude and simple-minded.
That we never find out what it is that makes the saintly, wide-eyed Lazzaro "tick" shouldn't in retrospect make any less enjoyable the stunning turn the story takes at midpoint. A lot of credit must be given to the filmmakers for the brilliance of the plot and for conjoining Europe's past and presence with such ease. The messy ending can be forgiven too -- can a story like this even have a satisfactory conclusion?