Godzilla Minus One has easily the best human story I’ve ever seen in a kaiju film. There’s a level of character development and emotional attachment that is above and beyond the standards of the genre. This helps make up for some of the films issues, I.e. certain repetitive elements and the pretty basic monster plotline. Still, that human element and the post wwii Japan setting make this film feel more substantial than you’d expect, and the film’s action sequences are very strong.
Man, Paul Giamatti is just such a great actor. This stands as one of his all time great performances. He brings new layers to a well worn character trope, giving a lived-in feel and a realistic edge to the old curmudgeon archetype. It really does make The Holdovers an interesting watch from beginning to end, as his performance never rings false.
Thankfully the film around him is great, too. It's perhaps a tad too long, but it's never boring. The…
As one would expect, Miyazaki’s latest is a beautiful trip into a fantastic world. The visuals and score are absolutely astounding. Narratively I think the film sets up its emotional beats perfectly in the first half, but t doesn’t quite fully pay them off. Still, definitely worth a viewing.
The protagonist of this story, Joseph Bologne is a fascinating historical character. The film has some really great scenes, but the film as a whole never elevates past being "good-not-great". It's is at its best when delving into how women and people of color were both held back in this time, but it doesn't go far enough, and it misses the chance to make a proper connection between the rich protagonists and the poor masses who would become the backbone of the French Revolution. It's a good film, but it feels like there's story elements that were left out that could have made it great.