Objective judgment was impossible in the aftermath of #oscarsowhite, which is unfair because this film was lauded for the wrong, transient reasons instead of the indelible, right ones. The headline is not the inevitable experiences of these young men; it's the luminous cinematography and bated silences that access an unspoken truth that survives even the ravages of fate.
It gives you poetry, loneliness and such beautiful stills - but it's also full of blank spaces that needed to happen. The first and second parts stand out for me, such a subtle take on gay childhood: everything's sensations and touch, exploring the world with so many insecurities, so many questions. It's all about him: Chiron's surrounded by mute spaces, multiple questions and this obscure kind of star light.
Sadly, not for me. First, why did James Laxton's camera so shaking & annoying. Although it is beautiful, very first sequence (that meaningless rolling like Coffee Cup Ride!) makes me feel nausea. Second problem is a discord of plot & style. While first act is about relationship with Chiron/Juan and second & third about that with Chiron/Kevin, [cont]
You understand who's Chiron. He stands out in a audience. Beyond that shell (the physical transformation) you clearly see that it's all a fake, plastic self, he created to hide his fears. And all of that disappears when he reunites with his childhood friend. He's still the same little kid that likes the sound of the waves at night.
The incredible true story of how a group of NASA scientists, who refuse to carry guns, lose their brother on a train and their kids in a house fire, whilst building a fence on their Texas ranch, deciphering an alien language and playing the keytar.
3,5. Suka sekali 40 menit terakhirnya yang visual Wong Kar Wai-nya sangat efektif. Feel romance ala Happy Together/In The Mood For Love/My Blueberry/Chungking kerasa banget. Sayang 1 jam awalnya menurutku gak seperti itu.
Overhyped as it may be, it is quite like an effective short story that had been touted as the great American novel. I was tired of hearing about this for months but it really is a great character driven film like what Indie movies used to be like although i wish it's scope had been a bit more ambitious.