Grant Paulsen’s review published on Letterboxd:
“A great man doesn’t seek to lead. He’s called to it, and he answers.”
Yep ᑐᑌᑎᕮ improved upon rewatch. It is a masterpiece man. I genuinely hope they play their cards right, because I want them to finish the trilogy. And if they do then this is definitely going to be a modern day Lord of the Rings.
My favorite director, Denis Villeneuve continues to prove that he does not miss. It’s got an excellent star studded cast with great performances all around. I want to go back and rewatch Call Me By Your Name (2017) before I say this definitively, but Timothée Chalamet might’ve given his best performance in this film.
Now Roger Deakins did not work on this one, so the cinematography isn’t as impressive as some of his other films like Prisoners (2013), Sicario (2015), or Blade Runner 2049 (2017). But the scale of this movie is epic to say the least.
Denis Villeneuve unapologetically goes hard in the filmmaking department. It’s very bold and out there, and I was captivated for every second of its runtime. He’s my favorite director, so I’ll admit to a degree of bias when it comes to my score for this film, but I’ve just loved everything he does. And it’s his early films that made me a film fan. It all started when I was 13 years old and I saw Prisoners (2013) for the first time. I had never been that captivated by a film before, and it opened my eyes to the possibilities of what exceptional filmmaking and screenwriting can accomplish. Denis Villeneuve really made me start to appreciate writing and filmmaking as an art form. My point being that his projects will always have my undying support, and I hope you guys do the same. Go see it in IMAX.