Paul’s review published on Letterboxd:
Oh man. That was really fucking cool. I don’t know what it is about Eggers style that I find so compelling…at face value nothing about his work seems too engaging to me but there’s just something about the way he constructs stories. Diving head first into world building and story while slowly but surely revealing character through slight parts of the script should not work this well but it does. It’s wonderfully crafted and and amazingly acted.
You’ve probably heard this but it’s still true: Nicole Kidman’s monologue elevates the FUCK out of this movie. Not to say I wasn’t enjoying it before that but holy shit that alone easily moved it up to 4.5 stars. That an Alexander and Anya’s chemistry which brought a warmth to the movie weirdly only similar to Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe’s more homoerotic scenes in The Lighthouse. I’m happy to say that I think this fucking rips even if I don’t fully understand it. I don’t completely understand The Witch either but I gave it five stars so I guess that doesn’t really matter for me when it comes to Eggers. I know one thing for sure though: my dreams gonna be fucked tonight.