johnny_ultimate wrote: »
A slick and assured debut that’s just a bit rough around the edges. It’s definitely a great city movie, albeit as much a eulogy as it is a symphony. The genuine affection the characters have for the place is matched by them seeing it morph before their eyes. It’s a powerful argument against gentrification, although smart enough to also try to pierce through empty nostalgia.
It has its own strong, distinctive signature - a lot of that slick approach you see in many indie films, with the very particular angles and symmetry, but also just askew and lively enough to keep you on your toes. Score reminded me a lot of Beasts of the Southern Wild, but I’m not complaining!
It struggles a bit in the script department, and a few characters feel frustratingly ill-refined. Maybe it was just my mood but it took me a while to settle into its groove as well. But I liked it for the most part, and Talbot’s a director to watch.