Roma

Roma ★★★★

(Short Review)

Roma is a film that took me a while to process. I’m actually glad I took a break before seeing it again before gathering my thoughts on it.
In short, it’s one of the best directed films from the last 10 years. That’s the best compliment I can give this film. Every frame feels like a painting and once and a while there will be a scene that feels like something you’d read in a classic novel. It’s Cuarón’s most personal film and one that I respect the hell out of.
Yalitza Aparicio gives a solid performance for a first-time actor. There are some tough scenes that she handled very well. Marina de Tavira does a fine job with her part. The kid actors were…kids. They were so-so. The Grandma character was good but had no purpose.
I love the idea the so much is going on in the background, but we’re still focused on the matter at hand. The matter of this family growing as the world changes around them and can shape who they are. I think that’s one of the film’s biggest drawbacks, there’s sometimes too much happening in the background to a point where, at least for me, I begin to lose focus on the story. There’s just one too many scenes that feel too much like filler. That really took me out of the moment at times.
In short, Roma is an experience. It’ll be cool to see a foreign language film win Best Picture, unfortunately most audiences won’t really understand why. I do. It’s not a masterpiece, but a damn impressive film I admire.
Good work Cuarón. Good luck at the Oscars.

8.4/10 (B+).

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