It's pretty bleak. And with the actors portraying who can be the bleakest it's actually difficult to pick a stand out with gold stars all round. But the other main focus is the dissected way the film is jumbled and us to detective our way in connecting all the pieces. The problem is once you've figured it out you've still got 40 minutes to and waiting for the inevitable twist/ shocking moment at the end of the film.
guns/god, faith/hate, parents/lovers, fortune/misfortune.. all american oxymorons at their best. outstanding performances by a stellar cast. perfectly dynamic anachronic flow. so what went wrong? maybe I can't stand all those childish contemporary neurosis anymore
A raw and involving drama with truly brilliant performances from the three leads. Naomi Watts is especially good here in what is probably her best performance. The non-linear still feels completely cohesive and reinforces the trauma felt by the characters who are thrown together by the central "event". It's interesting how different Inarritu's last couple of films have been to his earlier work.
I can't say that I loved the nonlineal arrangement of the plot, sometimes I felt that Alejandro was trying too hard to make a difficult film to watch. Of course it's interesting to see the story being build part by part, extract by extract, and at the end have the "full soup", but that aspect can be annoying some times. Despite the intense story the film fails in some "main goals".