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    Derp Boy
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    Is there a Belfast thread anywhere? Anyway here is the thread for the movie Belfast. Support or condemnation or whatever is welcomed. Personally, it’s nice that Kenneth is redeeming himself after several bombs. Hope his one from the heart gets him an Oscar!

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    It’s now officially confirmed that all cast is supporting except Jude Hill.

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    Thanks Chris!

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    Bad news for Judi Dench, I guess. She would have much better shot with Balfe in lead.

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    I really hope I love this film. It seems so charming and likeable!

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    Just saw this at LFF and eh. I wanted to like it but there were several issues. There is an argument to be made that the film deliberately depoliticises the conflict as it’s told from the perspective of a child. However, I rarely felt like the viewer is successfully placed in the life and emotions of Buddy, despite the best efforts of Jude Hill. There is a disconnect between the direction and the main character, and no amount of nostalgia was able to reconcile that. The acting standouts for me were Balfe (who I’m sure will be win-competitive across the board) and Hinds, though the ensemble is uniformly good.

    This is certainly an unpopular opinion though – the atmosphere at the screening was great and the film is a crowdpleaser. Branagh and the cast received rapturous applause. I definitely can see it winning Picture, but its path will be interesting (there are sure to be better contenders in both Screenplay and Director for example).

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    Bad news for Judi Dench, I guess. She would have much better shot with Balfe in lead.

    She saw that things got harder and is not wasting any time. She’s already out there campaigning.

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    Just saw this at LFF and eh. I wanted to like it but there were several issues. There is an argument to be made that the film deliberately depoliticises the conflict as it’s told from the perspective of a child. However, I rarely felt like the viewer is successfully placed in the life and emotions of Buddy, despite the best efforts of Jude Hill. There is a disconnect between the direction and the main character, and no amount of nostalgia was able to reconcile that. The acting standouts for me were Balfe (who I’m sure will be win-competitive across the board) and Hinds, though the ensemble is uniformly good. This is certainly an unpopular opinion though – the atmosphere at the screening was great and the film is a crowdpleaser. Branagh and the cast received rapturous applause. I definitely can see it winning Picture, but its path will be interesting (there are sure to be better contenders in both Screenplay and Director for example).

    Great write up!

    What did you think of Dornan?

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    Just saw this at LFF and eh. I wanted to like it but there were several issues. There is an argument to be made that the film deliberately depoliticises the conflict as it’s told from the perspective of a child. However, I rarely felt like the viewer is successfully placed in the life and emotions of Buddy, despite the best efforts of Jude Hill. There is a disconnect between the direction and the main character, and no amount of nostalgia was able to reconcile that. The acting standouts for me were Balfe (who I’m sure will be win-competitive across the board) and Hinds, though the ensemble is uniformly good.

    This is certainly an unpopular opinion though – the atmosphere at the screening was great and the film is a crowdpleaser. Branagh and the cast received rapturous applause. I definitely can see it winning Picture, but its path will be interesting (there are sure to be better contenders in both Screenplay and Director for example).

    I agree with wolfali this was insightful. I am especially glad you addressed the depoliticization (is that a word) argument that I’ve been stressing, but also why you think it doesnt work.

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    Great write up!

    What did you think of Dornan?

    Very good, but disappointed that voters will mobilise around him in Supporting Actor (probably to the detriment of Hines).

    I agree with wolfali this was insightful. I am especially glad you addressed the depoliticization (is that a word) argument that I’ve been stressing, but also why you think it doesnt work.

    It is a word!

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    MY LFF REVIEW

    Belfast completely sweeps you away in the most emotional, yet somehow still quite subtle, of ways. The dynamics of a family in Northern Ireland are central to Branagh’s story, and it’s here were the laughter beckons and the tears fall. He has directed and written a film of love and devotion to family and home, which is irresistible to fall completely in love with yourself. 

    The ensemble are all spellbinding, whether veterans like Judi Dench as the wise-cracking Grandmother revelling in her grandsons cinematic escapes and Ciarán Hinds in a quietly powerful role as the Grandfather; or fresh faces like Jude Hill who’s an absolute force to be reckoned with here. Each character is written with such heart and reality that they’re instantly relatable to give the audience a connection that never leaves you. 

    It could be argued that even amongst a stellar cast, it’s Caitriona Balfe who really steals the show as Buddy’s mother. Tormented by the troubles and what it means for her family and home city she’s lived in all her life, Balfe stuns in some of the most impactful scenes as well as in those where she doesn’t even need to say a word. Her chemistry with Jamie Dornan is also a thing of beauty; and he’s never been better (as someone who isn’t a mass murderer) than he is here. Branagh truly gets the best out of all his cast members, which when taken with his screenplay, stuns.

    The film also wows with its technical elements, too. The black and white nature is introduced incredibly effectively, and it’s choices in dipping in and out are a real joy. The cinematography pops off the screen, even in incredibly difficult scenes, which the film starts with, there is still great beauty to be seen despite the horrors the characters are going through. This is a surefire awards contender that’ll be right in the mix for the biggest prizes and have the audience backing, too.

    Check out more of my thoughts on Twitter (@AMG_Review) and Instagram (amg_reviews)

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    Bumping thread because of Gotham awards and more venting.

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    Belfast is a bad movie that is overrated and artificially promoted.

    I repeat : Belfast is a bad movie and it doesn’t deserve any Oscar nomination.

    I agree Belfast was a pretty awful film. Other Oscar Bait winners like Green Book are much better and just better made films. I can’t see this being near the audience hit of that or even Jojo rabbit.

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    This is even worse than Jojo Rabbit? Yikes. Jojo was terrible. Time will come when people will stop circle jerking Waititi and admit that was trash and not nearly as inventive and subversive as he imagined it to be. Also, it wasn’t really an audience hit. sure, 33M domestic is nice relative to 14M budget but it got obliterated by subtitled Parasite which wasn’t supposed to happen.

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    I love Waititi but I did not like Jojo Rabbit much at all. He works much better when he’s not trying to bludgeon you with what you’re supposed to be feeling. Here, it’s Bullied Boy! Holocaust! Dead Mother! Here’s “Heroes” by David Bowie Why Aren’t You Feeling Anything Goddamn You?!

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