zoë’s review published on Letterboxd:
There’s something kind of masterful about the way that Steve McQueen was able to fit several distinct and beautifully told stories all within 70 minutes.
I’m just going to talk about my favorite scenes:
The one that can only be described as a mosh pit of men was so intoxicating and full of anger and then it turned into sort of this brotherly thing and i don’t know it was just very very striking but in a good way?
Comparing that “music drop” to the Silly Games “music drop” is just yeah. There’s a similar energy in both, one of homeliness and comfort, but in different forms. Silly Games gave us that romantic homeliness vibe compared to the other one that gave us that brotherly homeliness vibe. And they were so phenomenally shot, it felt like I was there.
And the girl in the red dress. Her progression over the course of the movie had my heart hurting, but that moment in the bedroom with her friend just ugh the complete and utter gut punch like it just gave me that desperate intense feeling that always comes with these type of deep feeling loving moments. I felt all her hurt in that scene, and it was superbly acted.
And the scene with the cousin where he was dancing was just...I was in awe. I don’t know if it’s in the way he commanded the entire room's attention in such a short span or if it was in the way he moved. We only briefly met him, but you could instantly feel all of his emotions, and I just got this intense desire to want to know his story. You could feel all his anger and his hurt, and it was like he was finally letting it all go. That scene was just so beautiful.
As a black american caribbean, this just gave me such happiness. The beginning scenes with everyone dancing and just laughing (before everything kicked off) reminded me of being at my uncle’s wedding and everyone just dancing to the music and having a good time.
After watching this, there’s just this knot in my throat, and I’m just feeling so many things. I can’t wait to see the rest of the anthology.