Zeluge Posted October 17, 2018 Share Posted October 17, 2018 First Man I'm unsure if a movie concerned with space exploration has ever taken such a tender, acute look at the colossal mortal burden involved in the advancement of the space race. They often flirt with or even directly address it, but this one's so specifically and solely about it. Everyone from the leads to the deep bench of supporting actors kills it, and Chazelle (to my eyes, at least) proves his fuller potential by moving past some of his overriding preoccupations that were present in his first two (major) features. That handshake wrecked me. A Star is Born First third is excellent. Finely observed romance that blossoms wonderfully, along with the sheer enthusiasm and infectious energy in performing. Once she's offered the record deal (this is the fifth screen telling of this story, spoilers are scarce), it loses that specificity and careful attention. One could argue that the acceleration is the point, but I found it far too scattershot and fast-paced to maintain the emotional investment, despite some really fantastic scenes in the back half. Oddly enough, I can point to the exact point during which I lost a significant connection to what was going on, and that was everything with Dave Chappelle. It's a 15-20 minute stretch of the movie that awkwardly lurches forward repeatedly, testing its emotional and narrative coherency as a whole. I can't believe I was so moved by The Diceman. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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