January 19, 2021 at 12:44 pm #1203991837
Reviews are really tepid for this but as diego said, Foster is campaigning. I think she can still happen.January 20, 2021 at 3:57 pm #1203993703
Oooh a 50 score on Metacritic is never a good signJanuary 20, 2021 at 5:12 pm #1203993778
It’s not a bad movie. But this year the field is too crowded. Jodie Foster hasn’t been this good in years. So a nomination wouldn’t bother me at all. Laura Dern won for less. Tahar Rahim is excellent but I don’t see it happening. They should of held it for next year.
Shailene and Benedict don’t have much to do. So they are out of conversation.February 27, 2021 at 4:43 pm #1204065312
Tahar Rahim really said “I’m going to deliver the performance of a lifetime” in this.
FYC OSCARS : PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN IN ALL CATEGORIES (ESP. ACTRESS – Carey Mulligan AND ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — EMERALD FENNELL), VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", ESSIE DAVIS FOR "BABYTEETH"February 27, 2021 at 5:04 pm #1204065334
Can someone DM me a link?
FYC: Michaela Coel and Rosamund PikeFebruary 27, 2021 at 5:15 pm #1204065347
I want to watch this. Seems like liberal critics didn’t like it because it condemns the punitivist American ideals.February 27, 2021 at 6:35 pm #1204065461
Now for my actual review of this haha.
I do not understand why this film has the Metacritic score it does. It’s not perfect by any means but it’s a fairly average film that seems more worthy of a 70 score on Metacritic rather than one that deserves a 53 Metacritic score.
Tahar Rahim eats up the screen with his performance (truly one of the best of the year and one that is truly an acting masterclass. I hope he gets more roles as a result of his exposure from this film because he has an incredible emotional range) and I think he might make my personal awards lineup. And Jodie Foster was excellent (although unsurprising) in this role and might end up being my personal awards runner up. I have seen various legal thrillers with the stereotypical characterisation of “the progressive lawyer who is passionate about the constitution” and on paper it does feel like Foster’s character abides by this characterisation but she adds such nuance to it that makes this performance heavier with emotional weight. Both her and Rahim had such great chemistry and the scenes with both their characters were the most striking and thought provoking of this film. It would have been better if the film explored their interactions more.
I do agree with Riley’s though that Foster is definitely a co-lead here along with
The film does have a lot of flaws (but still not enough for a score that low imo). For example it feels as if there is a lack of focus at times and it struggles to balance all three of Cumberbatch, Foster and Rahim which ultimately pushes Cumberbatch (who is excellent in this role and really proves himself as a seasoned actor) to the sideline. Shailene Woodley also proves herself again as a prestige actress and really makes the most of this role but she’s hardly in it. There is literally a moment where Foster’s character tells Woodley’s to “f*** off” and she more or less doesn’t come back till the end lol. Although there is a lack of focus in MacDonald’s direction and I am still perplexed at his director long-list at this year’s BAFTAs, I do think certain scenes of torture and horror in this film were well directed and well choreographed.
The film does do well in keeping the viewer interested in the plot and the educational value of the story and moreso than The Report (which I admittedly fell asleep during). The courtroom scenes seemed a bit thinly drawn but had more realism than some of the other courtroom dramas in contention this year at the Oscars.
MVP: Tahar Rahim
FYC OSCARS : PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN IN ALL CATEGORIES (ESP. ACTRESS – Carey Mulligan AND ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — EMERALD FENNELL), VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", ESSIE DAVIS FOR "BABYTEETH"February 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm #1204065502
Now you get to defend a precious fav that the critics savaged. Fight the good fight, sis lol!February 27, 2021 at 7:18 pm #1204065525
Yeah, I do not get the 53. I have been hoping that it would tick up, but even with the remaining reviews coinciding with the on-demand release, what is the best-case scenario? 56? Maybe just 54? Nobody is saying that it is the best film of the year, so I am not asking for a high rating even; I just do not see why it has the same score as something as heavily criticized as Malcolm & Marie. Freaking Wonder Woman 1984 has a 60! I could accept this being in the 60s with the likes of Land and Pieces of a Woman. Average rating at Rotten Tomatoes is 66 and average there among “top critics” is 60, so Metacritic seems to have interpreted the same reviews a little harsher. Converted to scores out of 100, it has an 84 average with Rotten Tomatoes users, 73 on IMDb and 68 on Letterboxd.February 27, 2021 at 7:39 pm #1204065556
Yay congrats Riley!
Yeah I mean like I said this film isn’t perfect and it doesn’t really even crack the top 15 of my ranking of the features I’ve seen this year but having a score lower than Emily in Paris? Sheesh.
It’s strange because no one seems to be saying this is a downright terrible film. It doesn’t have a single red review on Metacritic.
FYC OSCARS : PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN IN ALL CATEGORIES (ESP. ACTRESS – Carey Mulligan AND ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — EMERALD FENNELL), VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", ESSIE DAVIS FOR "BABYTEETH"February 27, 2021 at 9:21 pm #1204065693
I saw this film the other day. Thought the performances were good (Rahim gives an amazing performance in this), and overall thought it was an okay film. I personally thought it was a little long and I agree, really struggled to balance the three narratives. Bennedict Cumberbatch’s accent was horrible, sorry Benedict. I think the film needed more focus, and perhaps to be a little bit more of a character piece (also I feel like Shailene was underused).
Best Screenplay: Never Rarely Sometimes Always (Eliza Hitman)
Best Actress: Sidney Flanigan ("Never Rarely Sometimes Always")February 27, 2021 at 11:42 pm #1204065810
Also as a side note, I think this would have made a better mini-series. I think a mini-series would have allowed for them to focus on more plots over a longer period of time and take a deeper look into the characters, rather than struggle to balance the three narratives and not really give us a massive into into any of the characters.
Best Screenplay: Never Rarely Sometimes Always (Eliza Hitman)
Best Actress: Sidney Flanigan ("Never Rarely Sometimes Always")March 1, 2021 at 9:32 am #1204074012
Jodie Foster coming for all your supporting actress faves!
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