December 1, 2022 at 2:43 pm #1205174379
Personally, I didn’t care for Merlant. She served in her crying scene but outside of that her character/performance didn’t do much for me. Hoss was amazing with little screentime however. She made a lasting impression on me despite saying so little. Just goes to show how talented she is.December 1, 2022 at 3:16 pm #1205174424
Personally, I didn’t care for Merlant. She served in her crying scene but outside of that her character/performance didn’t do much for me. Hoss was amazing with little screentime however. She made a lasting impression on me despite saying so little. Just goes to show how talented she is.
I agree. They get nearly equal screen time, but Hoss makes a much bigger impression. Her strength as an actress sells this character even without much material to work with. By the end of the film, you can at least imagine what Sharon’s life would be like because of Hoss’s meticulous performance. I’m not predicting a nomination for her, because I think it lacked a more dramatic scene to seal the deal, but it’s very possible if the film is warmly received at awards.
Merlant’s character had a lot of potential for the unique perspective she could have on Lydia. But I didn’t engage with the character and the performance doesn’t do anything special for me either. The only thing I disagree with you about is the crying scene, because I thought her performance in that scene was pretty bad. What I dislike most about the scene is actually the characterization, the messy hair doesn’t seem consistent with the character even in a stressful situation. But Merlant is an actress with great work and I’m sure that in the future she will do much better things.December 1, 2022 at 4:34 pm #1205174498
TÁR is Richard Lawson’s #1 movie of 2022. He’s the chief critic at Vanity Fair.December 1, 2022 at 4:42 pm #1205174507
Merlant was easily the MVP for me, it’s a performance of such interiority and subtleness that shines even more when you compare it with Hoss and Blanchett.December 1, 2022 at 6:10 pm #1205174622
Merlant > Hoss.December 1, 2022 at 9:54 pm #1205174766
Here we go…the “unpopular opinion” people.
"TAR", "Banshees","Batman"December 3, 2022 at 1:33 pm #1205177047
I suspect that Tár will continue to win Best Picture at a lot of critics groups but I highly doubt the film will win Best Picture at the Oscars.
You have to listen to non-critics thoughts on these movies. This is how I knew Power of the Dog wasn’t going to win last year.December 3, 2022 at 1:37 pm #1205177051
TÁR was never going to win with or without wins from the critics, however a big push for the film by them could benefit Blanchett’s chances for Actress aka the strongest place to reward the film.December 3, 2022 at 1:45 pm #1205177057
merlant’s the grooming predator, yes? maybe she gave tips to cate on how to play tarDecember 3, 2022 at 2:46 pm #1205177085
Completely agree. Hoss made so much of so little relative screen time, and will almost certainly make my personal top 5 (I have her 2nd after Condon, though I haven’t seen The Whale and a few other Supporting Actress contenders). I was wondering what your thoughts on Merlant were?
I think what’s also so striking about Hoss is how her scenes are some of the film’s most memorable even though they aren’t neccessarily the most eventful. You can obviously point to the car scene or the scene towards the climax of the 3rd act where Sharon is scolding Lydia for not warning her about the scandal in their midst but I think what stood out for the most is when her character sees Lydia embracing Olga and we see her reaction when she realises that she’s another one of her flirtations. The disappointment followed by that feeling of being unsurprised that Lydia is being Lydia. Neither Blanchett nor Hoss play characters here who I feel couldn’t be well played by other actors (Emily Watson could play both characters in her sleep) but Hoss just leaves such a strong impression on a character who doesn’t neccessarily make such a big impression on paper that it’s just imprinted in your mind long after you finish the film. I still have to see The Whale and Glass Onion but she makes my personal supporting actress lineup right now and I think she’ll probably stay in it.
I have to admit I didn’t really think much of Merlant during the film although she was still quite good. Although that could be in part because the storyline with Francesca was one of the weaker parts of the film for me (it felt slightly under-developed) rather than because of her performance itself. I will say I found it quite striking when she wasn’t on screen especially towards the final act because you could almost feel a draught without her character’s presence in the film which felt quite necessary when it came to depicting Lydia’s downfall.
TÁR > The Power of the DogDecember 4, 2022 at 8:16 am #1205177525
Can’t believe people called this film boring, this is a terrific film and I’m sure Critics will go hard for it.
I truly don’t know how some people even dare to compare it to Spencer, TÁR is actually a good film with a terrific screenplay and cast, the thriller aspects of it were great as well.
Cate is a beast, this is not my favorite performance of her but I wouldn’t be pissed if she wins in the end. I love how Lydia’s main characteristic was her confidence and her power, that’s why most of her scenes aren’t loud or the typical Oscar bait, she’s very reserved and subtle till she loses that control and those scenes were glorious. She was unlikeable and thank god we have roles likes this happening.
How her face changed while sitting at the piano with Max during the Julliard class for not caring/liking Bach was exceptional.
Hoss was good, I appreciated how much she did with so little and made me wish they have given her more to do, I needed more Sharon. The car scene and when Sharon calls Lydia out for not telling her about the scandal were terrific for Hoss.
The films should be a lock for Picture, Director, Actress and Screenplay with Editing and Cinematography as a dark horse. Supporting Actress is harder but if Hoss somehow happens at the Oscars, I’d be certain Cate takes it.December 5, 2022 at 4:09 pm #1205179344
There’s something that most reviews aren’t bringing up: This is essentially a movie about getting old. The movie opens with the interview scene and the guy mentioning all Lydia’s achievements in her career with the EGOT, etc, you gotta be old to have that sort of career (I still don’t get whose foot was touching Tar’s, though). I think Field’s “hiatus”, seeing the time passing by along, played a big role in thos.
You can see this in the Julliard scenes that Lydia has a problem with the post modern culture. You can see Lydia’s interactions with Olga, who is very much a milennial who doesn’t fall for her old guard’s charms. The Andris/Sebastian segment is also very reminiscent in that sense, extremely uncomfortable (because of Lydia’s POV and her fear of aging) and sometimes comedic scenes, always bringing up old Germany references as well (also, interesting to see that every woman in this movie is hot, powerful, smart and has great presence, while all the men are either gay or old or both, I’m not sure what Field wanted to do here). Also, Going back to her childhood home a la those Don Draper moments in Mad Men to remind us of Dick Whitman. As well as the mere act of pursuing young protegees.
I do have to say that the whole “Let’s cancel Lydia Tar” thing wasn’t really my vibe. I was more interested in the Personal Shopper-esque Tar seeing ghosts story. I think Field didn’t go far enough in showing us what Lydia could do. A moment like Don Draper (bringing this again because it’s the biggest comparison. can think of since both are haunted genius) telling Sal to basically sell himself in order to get deals (because that’s what Don Draper also used to do), so you can step the line and plays clean with your audiences about the kind of person you’re watching, a moment where Field doesn’t care about how Twitter will receive his movie and he just steps into a completely grey line without the moralism of the third act. I wanted a clean shot of Lydia Tar being a terrible person (sorry, but threating a child for bullying your child is not that, and I don’t think the Julliard thing is that either), because I had the feeling Field wanted to go for a bit of “did she, or didn’t she” moment and this kinda bothered. However, this doesn’t really reduce my admiration for this movie.
Agree with others about Nina Hoss. It’s a muted performance (just look at her reactions when Lydia is praising Olga) mostly because her character asked for that, and she did a great job with that. Her third act interaction with Lydia was the big catharsis.
I think this will get a Sound nomination. You can’t really ignore the sound effects, especially the haunted ones that play a big role in the movie. I also think Cinematography and Editing are also gettable, in addition to Picture, Director, Actress and Screenplay. I don’t really think it will anything (I don’t see Cate winning a third Oscar for this role).
If I had to give it a score, it would be 8.5/10December 11, 2022 at 9:03 pm #1205189208
About to watch TAŔ. Couldn’t be more excited.December 11, 2022 at 9:06 pm #1205189224
Just gonna say again that this is the best BP contender film I’ve seen since The Father in 2020.
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