The weak script lets the strong performances from the actors down, especially the climax. Left me feeling the same frustration Malek's character felt as the credits started rolling. Was this film just messing with me by teasing a clever ending?
This little guy getting screwed out of deserved recognition by the big guys story is well acted and is full of likeable characters. The big irony is that this story about archeology and historical accuracy takes big liberties with the real life people and events that it is based on to generate some extra drama unrelated to the main plot. I can understand why the writers felt this was necessary since the deliberate pacing and repetitive nature of the story grinds to a halt at various times.
One of those extremely rare films that manage to create and capture movie magic. Brisk, efficient pacing does not sacrifice the character development and universal themes of its deceptively simple story. Perfect casting and exemplary acting are able build on rock solid core of it's script. Rewatching it at home during the lockdowns, I was amazed that it was able to create the same warm, fuzzy feelings I felt during my first watch in the theaters. A definite must see.