Michael Cox’s review published on Letterboxd:
"I remember every meal I ever cooked. I remember every person I ever served." - Rob
What a picture. What a quietly heart-rending picture.
It's often been described as the "Anti-John Wick film" and it's hard not to see why. Instead of brutally violent gunplay, it's brutally violent emotions. Instead of well-choreographed fight scenes, it's well-placed and specifically intentional dialogue. Instead of every bullet landing its mark, it's every line hitting the bullseye of a soul's target. Instead of high-octane action, it's slow and delicate. Instead of a man coming back to a world that fearfully respects him, it's one that has him putting together the pieces of one that's forgotten him, but like a long lost friend, the memories flood back and you can't help but gratefully embrace them.
It's got beautiful cinematography and score with that's sprinkled with some really profound monologues about your passions and what your artform means to you.
But the thing that really made the film for me was Nicolas Cage's (Rob) performance. It's subdued, deeply empathetic and thoughtful. The amount of pain he can express through his eyes were something else and it's probably the best performance I've seen from him yet. Alex Wolff (Amir) was also fantastic here, continuing his always great run of performances.
I could never expect how much this film would personally affect me and have me uncontrollingly sobbing my eyes out by the end. It's incredibly moving and overpoweringly sagacious. Don't watch any trailers. Go in knowing nothing. It's one of the biggest surprises and one of the best of the year so far.