Tonight, the SAG Awards comes on TV. This is the first year I get to participate and vote as a member. I was so excited about this and reviewing the screeners for voting consideration, I watched and reviewed them here on the Blog.
The Darkest Hour is a film about British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s rise to power during the bleakest period of World War II. Once thrust into his position by a reluctant King, Churchill is torn between his will to persevere in battle and his unsupportive political party’s insistence on peace negotiations with Hitler. To make the right decision, Winston must do what he has never done: connect with the common folk on a human, not political, level.
Lady Bird follows the transformation of a Catholic high school senior from passive victim of circumstance into the active agent of her own life’s design in 2002 Sacramento, CA. Not only does her coming of age effect how she relates to her family (especially her mother), friends, and peers, it brings about growth and change (also some settling into behavior pattern) in them as well.
Set in the segregated 60s, The Shape of Water is about a mute cleaning woman who develops a bond with an other-species being who is a test subject at the government research facility where she works. Friends, spies, neighbors, supervisors and colleagues become allies and obstacles when she decides to aid his escape in this riveting tale of love, friendship, power and transformation (rebirth, unbirth).
-Story- The movie’s captivating chain of events unfolds beautifully.
-Transformation Theme: All of the characters undergo transformations, rebirths and unbirths. The visuals and dialogue that accent these moments are treat to watch.
-The Era: either movies get too wrapped up in their depiction of racial tensions in US history (aka white savagery), or they don’t do it enough justice and simply gloss over them and use them as elemental anecdotes to set a scene. This movie does the latter, and while it doesn’t take away from the film, it’s premise or its characters, it takes away from my experience, so swerve.
Runtime 123 min, R, Drama, Adventure, Fantasy
🔥🔥🔥🔥(out of 5)
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