I'm personally passively interested in van dwelling by way of loving camping (I would never choose it for myself but I enjoy it vicariously through YouTube). This movie paints a much more realistic picture of your average American living in such a situation than the fanciful life displayed in van dwelling YouTube videos. The back and forth of Fern's lifestyle - hanging on by a thread...it's all very provoking. I do wish the movie came to a more satisfying dramatic conclusion. It is tough to put into words, but it is one of those movies where things happen throughout its duration and it's easy to pick out some notes of inspiration and beauty, but as a whole, I can't say I will remember it as anything remotely close to a masterpiece. However, it is quite good and Francis McDermott is as good as ever.
Hearts Beat Loud is nearly always an inch away from being overly adorable, but it somehow manages to stay within the boundaries of genuine feel-good territory for the entirety of its run time. The father-daughter relationship and dynamic is touching and is most often sold by Nick Offerman's quiet, but real, performance.
Movies that properly gauge their staying power aren't exactly a dime a dozen. Host perfectly understands what it is. More precisely, it understands what it is not. There is no unnecessary character building, no excess dialogue to flesh out the story - just friends on a video chat getting together for some fun. Obviously that fun goes wrong. It's a fast and wild ride that is a blast to watch.
What really works about I See You is its multiple plot and perspective shifts. Sadly, the first half of the movie is largely forgettable until you "see it again" in another perspective. While the movie ends up being quite fun overall, it lacks much lasting clout.
Olivia WIlde is an actress I've enjoyed for a long time despite the more or less drivel movies she had been involved with. Here, we see her in a role where she can properly put on a show worth diving into. A Vigilante is a gritty, sometimes pretty difficult watch (especially for this sensitive dad), that is driven by a powerful message told through victims of domestic violence and abuse. The quieter moments is where A Vigilante really shines. However, the more central narrative aspect of Olivia Wilde's character helping rid victims of their abusers through acts of violence and extortion muddles everything up a bit. While I would consider this movie horror adjacent, I don't say this intending to virtue signal, but more to say that the movie feels split into two different identities that really never converge by the finale. That said, this is worth watching.