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  • 01-09-2022 10:02pm
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    Director Todd Field returns with Cate Blanchett in an Oscar worthy role (tbf when is she not)


  • Registered Users Posts: 80,834 ✭✭✭✭JP Liz V1

    It looks to be getting a cinema release here next week, not sure if streaming yet also

  • Registered Users Posts: 30,930 ✭✭✭✭gmisk

    Just out of members screening in the lighthouse....I am going to need to let it sit with me for a was a LOT.

    Cate Blanchett should be a shoo in for lots of awards and rightly so, the use of sound is genuinely brilliant. It gripped me more and more the longer it went on (and it is loooong). It helps if you like classical music unsurprisingly.

    Hard to categorise....I would put it as a psycho drama/odd ghost story I guess? Haunted by an ex/muse seemingly who committed suicide...sounds in the house etc and sound in general.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 28,439 CMod ✭✭✭✭johnny_ultimate

    A pretty remarkable film. Todd Fields' - aka Eyes Wide Shut's Nick Nightingale - directorial style reminds me a bit of Kubrick, but not in a derivative way or anything. There's a certain calculating but effective sterility to much of the camerawork here, but it's able to shift into more chaotic or unpredictable directions when the scene demands it (especially as Tar's life starts falling apart). I would also say he has a bit of Kubrick's sly sense of humour - there are only a few obvious comedic moments in this, but there's a particular wit to it that really adds flavour. I really liked Little Children when it was released all those years ago, so great to see such an assured follow-up... even if it took a long time to get here.

    Blanchett gives one of those rare 'everything' performances - just totally inhabits the role. It is entirely credible, and she effortlessly walks the line the film wants her to: part charismatic, part despicable. It's easy to find the character compelling - she sucks all the energy out of every scene, on purpose - but great to see how much the film embraces her being an arrogant, abusive, cold-hearted sociopath as well. It probably wouldn't work quite as well without an opposing force like Nina Hoss though. She's one of Europe's great contemporary actresses, and I think her much more subdued, quiet performance contrasts with the hurricane force of Blanchett's is what gives the film that special something.

    A great film all-in-all - just the sort of totally immersive 2.5 hour film the cinema screen is made for.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,137 ✭✭✭artvanderlay

    Best film I've seen in years. An instant classic. I don't like Cate Blanchett as an actress, and normally avoid most of her movies, but as a music grad and someone who knows about the murky goings-on in the world of classical music, I couldn't pass up watching this. Her performance was incredible however: I'll have to rethink my stance on her and watch some of her old movies now :) The script/direction/casting/everything was spot on, and the 2 and 1/2 hours flew by and totally justified it's length. As someone who is sick of overlong, bloated, unedited movies, this was just what I needed. A smart, well-made film for adults by adults. God, it might just restore my faith in film!

    One of the best endings I've ever seen too. Just brilliant :)