Wow, excellent. Such a great structure, building backwards from the incident to reveal the family relationship, the characters and their lives. Just extremely well constructed, and incredibly well acted. The lawyers killed it.
Very powerful movie, a unique angle from which to approach the subject of Nazis and the Holocaust. Perfect vision of the “banality of evil.” All the evil happening mostly out of view, out of frame, is so damning and honestly reflective of our world today. And I love that if you were developing any kind of sympathy for this family, the mother makes a threat to have her servant killed to remind you that these are most assuredly Nazis.
Okay, WAIT, hear me out.
When I first saw this movie, I gave it a 10/10. At that time, I was a teenager with little film experience. I was awed by this because I don’t think I’d ever seen a film that wove multiple stories together like this or overtly addressed racism.
Watching it again, at least a thousand movies later, it’s not as impressive. The story weaving is still cool, but not groundbreaking. And the overt ways in which…
Let’s get my only complaint out in front: I have a hard time taking Nicolas Cage seriously, in any role.
THAT BEING SAID, this movie absolutely R I P S . The cinematography is phenomenal, the color palette is rich. The late, great Jóhann Jóhannsson’s final score is one for the books; I purchased it on vinyl less than 24 hours after I left the theater. It’s heavy and eerie, adding to the film’s greatest quality: atmosphere. The whole thing…