Note: First time watching the “Black and Chrome” version, second time overall. Not sure which version (color or B&W) I liked better. Both worked well.
I think my memory of my first time seeing this overhyped me for this watch of it. I still really enjoyed it but the dialogue and plot felt a little basic and almost cliché at times, but I recognize that the film wasn’t trying to have brilliant dialogue. But I still loved all the action…
Great film, incredibly important story. Probably the best portrayal of disability in film I’ve ever seen. Also it was so interesting (and pertinent to me...) to relate addiction and disability. Great acting and sound design too (of course).
The only thing I could think of as an improvement would be to show more of the signing between Ruben and Joe. It felt odd to me that they were vocalizing and even when they were also signing the shots rarely showed it. But idk if that would’ve worked well for most audiences.
I was expecting to be a little bored by this because everyone said it’s slow. And yeah it is slow but I was riveted. Because of the simplicity and slow pace of the story I kept feeling like I shouldn’t have been this invested in it as I was, but I truly was really into it during every scene which is a huge testament to Chloé Zhao‘s abilities in my opinion. McDormand is great too but of course she is. Overall great film