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    This comment is simply reductive to heathy discussion. Maybe the user found the subject matter uninteresting? Boring is a valid critique, not everyone is going to enjoy the same movie…I found the book intriguing but can totally see why some would find it slow or potentially “boring”… let’s not be rude here constantly…I’m excited to see how this was adapted.

    It’s fine if you didn’t like it but elaborate on why it didn’t engage you besides the overused ‘boooriiiing’ and ‘I fell asleep watching it’. And this doesn’t apply only to this movie. It’s like almost every movie in contention was described as a snooze or a bore.

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    Just finished it. Very boring (aka the term “slow burn” – I fastforwarded a lot unfortunately and I don’t like doing that) but well made and Colman is outstanding as always.

    There really is something to be said about the theatrical experience – it forces the viewer to watch the film as intended. Even watching in a good environment like that, I knew many people were going to find this to be a drag. I liked it quite a bit, but there’s definitely something incomplete about the screenplay, it could have shown more. The atmosphere Gyllenhaal creates is the bigger achievement, capturing a certain coldness and mystery even while being surrounded by a wonderful summer beach. The editing with the flashback structure could have been more sophisticated though.

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    I was underwhelmed but not disappointed. It was a difficult story to adapt to the screen given how introspective the book is.

    I expected more. This could have been a really powerful and vibrant film but it sadly isn’t. It was difficult to feel something except annoyance at the kids’ screams. It’s not bad by any means though, I mean I liked it. I just didn’t love it.

    Colman’s great as always. I hadn’t watched any films with Buckley before but I want to now, she was my favourite part of it. Johnson was good too even though she had very little screentime.

     

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    Can some of you people come up with something better than shallow statements like ‘it was boring’ when describing a movie? This was not boring and kind of tired seeing people describe almost all the movies in contention like this. Not our fault some of you have the attention span of a 5 year old.

    Like Vicki said — boring is not an invalid critique, but I agree with you: it’s not a very good one either. Most of the films that are CLASSICS were considered absolute slogs when they came out (Citizen Kane!) Hell, I found The Godfather boring AF when I tried to watch it the first AND the second time. Generally if you can’t make it through the first time, unless you’re deeeeeeeply annoyed by it (like I was by Annette), just come back and try it when you’re in a different mood?

    “Boring” is such a common critique that it’s just not… particularly useful? Especially with films that are deliberately slow-paced. I think the critique is more useful for films that are fast-paced: e.g. people who think DLU is boring usually have some other, more substantial, problem with it which is why they find such a fast-paced film boring.

    If the worst thing someone says about a film is “it’s boring” then… okay lol whatever

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    Well that was a ride. Olivia Colman is absolutely spectacular and the story itself – if you were to elevator pitch it – is extremely engaging. I’m a woman but not a mother, and it resonated enormously, particularly frustrations of being a solo middle aged traveller. I also loved the exploration of the emotional labour, and all other labour, involved with mothering – contrasted with the absence, inability, feigned incompetence or unwillingness of fathers. The free ride they get.

    Wasn’t so keen on the flashbacks by the end. Jessie Buckley was very good however, and a completely believable young Olivia wow.

    I suppose the trailer gave the impression that the movie was going to be a lot more of a psycho thriller, and I was waiting for that tension to ratchet up. I didn’t understand why the big family was always loitering so menacingly and giving dirty looks after they had seemed to patch things up. I thought there was going to be something far more sinister at play. Instead what we got was a deep character study of motherhood, which is also great, I was just expecting something slightly different (especially from the point when they are searching for Bianca in the beginning). I suppose motherhood can be its own kind of terrifying horror story.

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    Hey guys, don’t say movies like power of the Dog/Lost Daughter are “boring” because you’re wRoNG and have the attention span of a 1 year old child 🤦🏻‍♂️. Lol the high brow hivemind here is ridiculous

    But that’s not what I said :/

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    Hey guys, don’t say movies like power of the Dog/Lost Daughter are “boring” because you’re wRoNG and have the attention span of a 1 year old child 🤦🏻‍♂️. Lol the high brow hivemind here is ridiculous

     

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    To be honest always equating slow burn movies with being boring is very disappointing to say the least. Not all slow movies are boring, meaningless or not creative. I wish people would learn to take their time and savour it. Not everything needs to be fast paced and overly accessible.

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    I didn’t understand why the big family was always loitering so menacingly and giving dirty looks after they had seemed to patch things up. I thought there was going to be something far more sinister at play.

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    I believe the family suspected Olivia’s character took the doll, which is why they continued to give her menacing side eyes. Also, Ed Harris’ character sees the doll on Leda’s balcony, and probably told Nina’s husband, which is why he corners Leda threateningly in the parking lot afterwards. Having read the book last year I was actually surprised at the slight thriller elements Gyllenhal brought to the story, and I thought it was very effective even though it didn’t really go anywhere (unless you count Nina’s pin hat attack on Leda in the end, which does kind of work as a subversive culmination of that tension.)

    I saw the movie in the theatre earlier this week, and I’m glad I did. I don’t get, and am annoyed also by people simply writing it off as “boring.” I respect their opinions, but have we simply forgotten how to engage with slower meditative character study dramas that tell the stories of regular people? I agree that the flashbacks were a bit excessive and I would have loved for the relationship between Leda and Nina to be explored more thoroughly, but I found the movie anything but boring, on the contrary, quite engaging and suspenseful throughout. All the performances were immaculate, particularly Buckley, who I am shocked is not getting any awards recognition this season.

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    SPOILERS I believe the family suspected Olivia’s character took the doll, which is why they continued to give her menacing side eyes. Also, Ed Harris’ character sees the doll on Leda’s balcony, and probably told Nina’s husband, which is why he corners Leda threateningly in the parking lot afterwards. 

    I thought so too, but then (1) wouldn’t they have tried to retrieve it? and (2) if they knew, why didn’t they tell Nina?

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    I thought so too, but then (1) wouldn’t they have tried to retrieve it? and (2) if they knew, why didn’t they tell Nina?

    I think it’s implied they may have tried to retrieve it or just intimidate Leda by breaking in at night? There was that scene where someone rings Leda’s doorbell at night but doesn’t answer, and then she sees car lights outside. Will does say that the family is “bad people,” implying they are dangerous. Nina’s husband and Callie (Dominczyk’s character) are portrayed as menacing and invasive. I figured perhaps he or they didn’t want to outright confront Leda, but preferred to play mind games with her instead. Nina is part of the family but is also seen as sort of not fitting in, plus I think the family did notice her and Leda developing a connection.

    What confused me more was the ending tbh, lol. She passes out bleeding on the beach, then wakes up there the next morning as if she didn’t get stabbed the day before, and just cheerily calls up her daughter?

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    I think it’s implied they may have tried to retrieve it or just intimidate Nina by breaking in at night? There was that scene where someone rings Leda’s doorbell at night but doesn’t answer, and then she sees car lights outside. Will does say that the family is “bad people,” implying they are dangerous. Nina’s husband and Callie (Dominczyk’s character) are portrayed as menacing and invasive. I figured perhaps he or they didn’t want to outright confront Leda, but preferred to play mind games with her instead. Nina is part of the family but is also seen as sort of not fitting in, plus I think the family did notice her and Leda developing a connection. What confused me more was the ending tbh, lol. She passes out bleeding on the beach, then wakes up there the next morning as if she didn’t get stabbed the day before, and just cheerily calls up her daughter?

    I think the ending was to show a form of catharsis and to try and show her moving forward to be a “better” mother. She’d grappled with her past the whole vacation and, after the last incident, decided to act and work towards improving herself.

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    I think the ending was to show a form of catharsis and to try and show her moving forward to be a “better” mother. She’d grappled with her past the whole vacation and, after the last incident, decided to act and work towards improving herself.

    Incredibly well stated. That is what I thought about the ending as well.

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