Good acting performances from all the leading ones but superb from Naomi Watts. The idea of the connected stories where dots can be linked only at the end is not original but anyway nice. The convoluted storyline seems sometimes just an artefice to make the film more challenging to follow (like if it is a sign of good direction) and some turning points are too forced and unnatural
The boldness of vision is the key attraction to this. The key question is: whether the structure truly helps the story or relay the theme. I'm not sure it does. Potentially a memento reaction? The story is powerful and the performances are good (though not a fan of the cinematography), but in the end it doesn't feel satisfying. It almost feels fractured for the sake of it, but some segments work fantastically. Unsure
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.