The movie that influenced the movie that influenced Drive is a gorgeous, sparse procedural where we follow an assassin (Alan Deloin) going about his job as his employer tries to take him out, too. It's obviously influential and there's a lot to admire, but the coolness of the operation also adds a distance from emotionally investing too much in any character or storyline.
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This is a hard movie to rate. It's not well made, but it almost succeeds in spite of itself due to the fact that it's about rich kids, made by a rich kid: Jamie Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune. This gives him access to his rich friends that most documentarians would kill for.
So although its sometimes embarrassingly amateurish (particularly the background music choices), Johnson perhaps doesn't know how funny some of these interviews are. If we're judging…
This was a really difficult review for me to write and I didn't expect it to be. It isn't even because of the content of the film, which I loved. It's people's reactions to the film that have made it increasingly difficult to digest since leaving the theater. In such a turbulent time in American society, The Florida Project is a Rorschach test for its viewers compassion.
Like Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Florida Project seeks to tear its…