The Oscar Expert
This movie explores the deepest, most unspoken layers in each of its characters. Pitting the stories they tell themselves about who they are against an elusive truth, observing how they break down when confronted with just the suggestion of a reality that breaks their narrative.
I love filmmaking that allows the actors to tell a different story than the dialogue. May December puts you on your toes, watching every move of these characters, and the actors feed the shit out…
Disappointing that it leaves the audience with absolutely nothing interesting to chew on. All the intrigue over the main character is reduced to an easy answer. The only discernible takeaway you could have from this is that wealth and beauty is something people really want and are drawn to. That's it.
It's crazy that a movie about class and the ultra-wealthy made in 2023 has so little to say. Maybe the movie wasn't trying to say anything and it just wanted to be a romp. That being said it's a pretty fun romp.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I do think it’s a little messy thematically and some moments feel kinda silly. But the performances are phenom and I find these equally endearing and despicable characters highly watchable. I also like the visual approach a lot. The murky, dim interior that we’re confined to as our protagonist is also trapped in his own regret, grief, and failing. The pouring of light into the room at the end is a very powerful visual choice even if it’s kinda obvious.