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October 21, 2019 at 3:43 pm #1203146520
Can we get Roman Griffin Davis in under Best Actor Comedy or Musical? With JoJo Rabbit being the frontrunner in C/M Best Picture, I think he might become a frontrunner in that basically empty category. I could see him winning with the film ala Saoirse Ronan with Lady Bird.
I don’t think the category is empty at all (Murphy, Price, Egerton, Sandler, Craig is a pretty formidable lineup), but Davis would be an extremely worthy nominee. If HFPA loves “Jojo Rabbit,” it could happen. I see Davis following more of a Jacob Tremblay trajectory where he maybe sneaks into SAG individual as his most major recognition of the season.October 21, 2019 at 6:02 am #1203145579
I gave it three episodes but it was so boring I had to stop. There was nothing original going on and I found it very dull, honestly. I’m surprised to see a warm reaction on here and from critics. I suppose Paul Rudd can still get a Globe nod because he’s Paul Rudd, but the buzz isn’t there for any other recognition.October 20, 2019 at 7:19 pm #1203145302
I feel like I need to make room for this in sag ensemble.
I changed my predictions today to include it in SAG Ensemble and added Johansson in supporting. I’m predicting her for Globes and SAG but not Oscars (yet). I know Actor is crowded but I could see them going for Davis too (kind of like how Tremblay got the individual nomination a few years ago).October 20, 2019 at 5:42 pm #1203145217
I was really expecting to be sour on this film after the lukewarm critical reaction and comparisons of its TIFF Peoples Choice win to “Green Book” taking that same prize last year. And yet I absolutely adored this film. I know critics were upset the film was not more overtly political, but that is not the film Waititi was trying to make. He gets the point across that Hitler Youth were often really unaware of what they were getting involved with and, more importantly, why. The film does not punish its Nazis and does, in some instances, try to make them redeemable, but for a light-hearted satire like this, I see why Waititi included these moments. At the end of the day, the film unfolds through the eyes of a child who does not understand the nuances of Nazism, so the movie does not try to go beyond that. I understand being disappointed that a movie isn’t what you expected, but you also shouldn’t hold that against the film you do get. I don’t know that I did a great job writing that argument out, but regardless, I want to move onto the elements that made the film great. Roman Griffin Davis is a revelation here and, in a just world, he’d be in the Best Actor conversation. He was asked to do a lot here and he nailed it. He was riotously funny, heartbreaking, precocious, innocent, and his journey throughout the film is instantly cheerworthy. He will be Jacob Tremblay’d this awards season, but it is such a great performance that I hope it opens up doors for him in the years to come. Thomasin McKenzie was also really great here and played a character that is often very closed off, but her facial expressions allow you to dig beneath what she is saying. Her chemistry with Davis was what made the film work so well. I must say that I really liked Scarlett Johansson here and I’m coming around on her getting into the Supporting Actress conversation. For one, she’s having a major year and “Jojo” seems likely to be a big contender. But beyond that, the category has room for her and she gives a really tender performance as an instantly likable character. Taika Waititi was fun, and I understand why the character was included, but he’s not much more than just played for laughs and to push along Jojo’s inner turmoil. The rest of the supporting cast was very good too and I would’ve liked to have seen more of Sam Rockwell, who was great as always in a role he’s obviously very comfortable in. I have to single out Archie Yates as Yorki. The kid was a hoot and hit a home run every time he was on screen. The screenplay is really funny and charming and also has some very smart moments, most of them at the hands of McKenzie. The technicals were all very good too. Overall, I am a bit surprised I enjoyed the film as much as I did, but I hope critical reaction does not sway people from not seeing this film because it has the makings of a crowdpleaser, and a very good one at that, in my opinion.October 20, 2019 at 5:15 pm #1203145211
This past week’s episode was brutal and dark and actually legitimately scary. I agree that they keep changing things up week to week, and that makes it the most unique show on broadcast TV right now even after just a few episodes. I’m really liking it.October 19, 2019 at 8:43 am #1203143645
For the life of me, I cannot figure out what Gary Oldman is trying to do in “The Laundromat.” Actually, I just have no clue what “The Laundromat” is trying to be as a movie. This was a mess.October 18, 2019 at 7:03 am #1203142398
Whatever the Golden Globes nominate.October 14, 2019 at 10:18 am #1203136172
I mean…just completely perfect. They nailed the landing. It is quite a feat to hand over a huge twist that immediately sends you in a million different directions and you’re excited about every prospect. Every line of dialogue, every acting choice, every directional flourish, it is all just P E R F E C T. Jeremy Strong really came through and did THAT in this episode, but also Kieran Culkin in that major scene with his denouncing of the plan to go private was a side of Roman we haven’t seen before and I’m more interested in that character than ever before. The Tom-Shiv stuff was honestly heartbreaking and their relationship extends beyond normal couples fighting and separating on TV because of the end goal each has in mind and the benefits they get from staying together (and also the negativity they’re drowning in too). The foundation was sneakily laid for the Greg-Kendall team up and I am thrilled by it. The shifting allegiances leave a lot to be discussed and obsessed over for the next year. It is just a perfect season of television. Awards recognition is obviously necessary and I’m trying not to get my hopes too high, but I’m praying for some miracles here (and making some irrational predictions). At the very least, I need recognition for Series, Cox, Strong, Snook, Culkin, writing and directing, even though I may prefer Macfadyen personally. God, I just love this show like I haven’t loved a show in a long time.October 14, 2019 at 5:57 am #1203135673
Is it me or has the hype for this died down a bit? Hopefully the critics circles can keep it in conversation.
It’s just you.
Did you see the box office records it broke this week? This is the hottest movie of the moment, and that includes “Joker.”October 11, 2019 at 4:04 pm #1203132624
This show is definitely the most interesting offering broadcast TV has offered this fall, and it continues to grow more assured with every episode. I have full trust and faith in the Kings to deliver something completely unique, which is better than the countless procedurals that have been offered this year.October 8, 2019 at 7:57 pm #1203128612
I know there is a spoiler thread, but I think I’ll save specific discussion in that thread once more people have had a chance to see the movie. I just wanted to give my general thoughts on the film so people can read this before they see it, so I won’t give away any specific plot details or anything. I heard it before I saw the film and I’ll agree after the fact: go into this movie as blindly as you can. I watched the first trailer months ago and it was exactly the right amount of exposure I needed for this film.
This film is absolutely fantastic. It is many movies in one, but it is always assured of what kind of story it is telling. It is riotously funny, shocking, tense, emotional, and thoughtful, and many times throughout the film, it is all of those things simultaneously. You reach a point in the film where you really do not know what is going to happen next, and that makes this such a wild and exciting theatrical experience. It is thoroughly entertaining, while also leading the viewer to question their moral approach to what is happening onscreen, as well as their allegiance to characters on a scene-to-scene basis. It is clear that the screenplay is operating on multiple levels so that you know even before the film is over, you’ll need (and want) to rewatch it again to pick up on small nuances or clues that are laid out and further enrich the story. The script is witty, whipsmart, and delicately structured, and it is easy to see why this film has absolutely charmed anyone you’ve heard talk about it. Bong Joon Ho’s direction only gets stronger as the film progresses and his stylistic choices here give the film a singular, sleek look that accentuates the tension and illuminates the themes.
The technical achievements here are worth highlighting, especially the plucky score, the energetic editing and sharp production design (Bong mentioned in a post-screening Q&A that all the sets were built, and when you see the film, you’ll be surprised as to why that is a huge accomplishment). The cast is all really great and this would make an inspired SAG Ensemble nomination. It is kind of hard to pick an MVP of the cast, but Song Kang Ho and Yeo Jeong Jo bring a lot to the table here and deliver the more memorable performances. Overall, I would love to see this film break out this awards season beyond being the frontrunner for the International Film prize. Being a foreign language film is not the hurdle it might have been in years past. Audiences already have gone wild for this film, and I anticipate that will continue as the film expands into more theaters this month. This is an absolutely thrilling film that deserves all of the love it has got so far, and will continue to see in the next few months.October 8, 2019 at 5:53 am #1203127309
After seeing “Parasite” last night (full review on the thread later today), I can definitely see the film being a threat for a SAG Ensemble nomination. In my original post in this thread, I called “The Farewell” the little indie that could make it into this lineup, but “Parasite” could just as easily fit the bill.October 7, 2019 at 6:21 am #1203125331
I’m not predicting Lupita for an Oscar nomination, but I do currently have her for Globes and SAG, so she is very strong in this race, but I won’t be confident that she can make the Oscar race unless she gets some strong critical awards and nabs Globes and SAG at least.