Mari’s review published on Letterboxd:
I've put off watching this movie for so long, just out of fear that it would not live up to the hype I had built up in head. Sitting at a little over two hours this film manages to make me feel such intense nostalgia for a country, a home, I hardly have memories of.
I think what really stands out to me in this movie is the use of black and white. The shots are still fucking breathtaking and unbelievable, but without color the viewer doesn't have a million things to distract them. You witness the beauty of the shot and then you look at the characters. Their expressions, their mannerisms are the ones telling the story here. I read the interview in which Cuaron mentions not having a script and the actors having to improvise. At the very beginning I felt that everything was a little off with the conversations and then I realized I have been too accustomed to movies having such clear and flowing conversations. That's not real life; real life is pauses and having to think of what to say. Nothing comes as naturally as film makes it seem. And taking that into account with the use of black and white, exploring the characters comes so much easier.
Something really interesting I noticed what the juxtaposition of scenes. I don't want to go into spoilers, but it was an interesting concept. One being happy in a moment of violence around them, or one being sad next to a joyous occasion. I was gonna say more on this topic but then I got sent a meme I got distracted and lost my train of thought sorry ya'll.
Anyway I'm trying out this whole "writing full reviews" thing and see how it goes. I'm very insecure about my writing, I don't have a way with words but it's been fun saying everything I would want to say out loud to friends. If ya'll have anything to say honestly comment I love having discussions about movies.