foreign cinema enthusiast
currently exploring the east asian film scene
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
i'm broken. allow me to go into this review in my raw state. it's about only having the courage to bear your desire as a memory. it's: "the enormity of my desire disgusts me." it's: desire immortalized in a letter—mortal thing—& it's mei-li ling's fear only being able to withstand the ambiguity of the extent of mei-li chen's desire, over its reality. it's: being okay with loss, because loving requires you confront the inevitability of loss that's out of your…
Something to treasure. Something whose magic spills over from the moment in which you watched it and into the moment of recollection when the film has since then become a memory. I can still see scenes of Duelle unfolding in my mind and I am utterly bewitched. I want to live vicariously in that dangerous and gorgeous world of archrival goddesses and the pair of human siblings they had used for their own gain again.
this film was filled with so much gay tension, which i'm personally a big fan of. it held the right amount of tenderness & the lack of it. & what gets me excited as an afterthought, is that it was a gay film well-thought out — there was the much deserved absence of unnecessary internal homophobia — & one that had a positive ending.
i loved the character dynamics, how gheorghe made johnny soft, & how johnny did the opposite to him, but only…
"It will be in all of us."
I am in love with this film and the concept it revolves upon: creation. From the symbolism to the dance sequence, to the musical score, the executions were awe-inspiring.
I wish I had it in me to write a proper review, but others have said enough, so go watch Annihilation on Netflix. Alex Garland is incredible.
"Our bodies and our minds will be fragmented into their smaller parts until not one part remains. Annihilation."