2011 was such a fantastic year for film. One of my favourites from 2011 was Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter. Michael Shannon delivers an incredibly authentic performance of a man slowly losing his sanity. A film that is so incredibly moving as it deals with themes of mental illness with fantastic allegory. A perfect film with a stunning soundtrack.
Such an emotionally poignant film. As long as you get used to the pace, I guess. Michael Shannon is simply brilliant in this movie. He seems so real, struggling with his anxieties without a clear indication of its causes. It's a really beautiful portrayal of a desperate time for Curtis Laforche and his family.
Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain are amazing actors and the story is well done up until the end. It's the same as 'Birdman'. You've followed the narrative path, and now they want to give you that sense of doubt at the end. It didn't work in either movie.
It's sad, because despite Michael Shannon's brilliant performance, this movie dragged it's way out of my movie schedule. I couldn't appreciate the story much like how most people did. It's an interesting plot, but sort of falls short on the screenplay, at least for my taste. Regardless, it was an interesting film learning a little about the psychological effects of mental illness.
Take Shelter's camera work and visuals are masterful, offering us some beautifully stunning camera shots and landscapes, which makes this flick a terrifc and absolutely rewarding visual experience, perfectly followed by a splendid soundtrack, which really helps to evoque all this movie's heartbreaking feelings. The performances are absolutely superb, every actor plays their role perfectly, specially Michael Shannon.
I don't think this is a fully auteurist film, but it isn't too far from being a masterpiece. It's top-notch storytelling, where finally the overused "is it real or is it not?" motif doesn't feel gimmicky. It's quite a miracle that film can communicate these completely subjective states of mind more than any other art form can in my opinion, and this film is a testament to that.
I have to admit that I stopped watching after half an hour. Maybe when you're young this film can impress you. But I have watched too many of these films, where horror, crime and catastrophe threaten the lives of middle class families living strange lives in this weird and foreign culture named American.