Favourite Films 2021 here, have a look n tell me how wrong I am !!!
A fictional biopic commentary on promises and failures of the 20th century, that strides, confidently and with a kick in it’s step, straight into my favourites. A masterful, modern take on Italian classics, the odyssey of a young working man looking to transcend social disparity on the quest to accomplish his own status, and to capture the heart of the woman he loves, the well-to-do, well-educated Elena, the beacon to which he looks to romantically.
Martin is torn between…
Manages to simultaneously have no storyline and multiple storylines, no protagonist and multiple protagonists. Weirdly structured, baffling oddity, that as a standalone story is a real mess. Michael Gandolfini is expectedly transformative as Tony, but for all the attention he got in the trailers, he barely felt like a supporting character. ‘Who made Tony Soprano’ the tagline, and frankly we’re no closer to finding out the answer, instead loitering in an undefined, meandering war between a former black employee and…
I’m assuming the Elephant was the one in the awards ceremony room when this won Palme d’Or at Cannes. Technically admirable, but with such a precarious subject matter, I didn’t warm to the stylised touches, nor the capitalising on build-up. Of course school is awkward, teenage interaction is awkward, so I appreciate the angle, but I should’ve felt uncomfortable by the theme, not by the stilted acting or bundling eye-contact. Van Sant evidently has something to say, it just gets lost in a haze of stagy, not very tasteful boredom, aching to be noticed