Wildlife Review

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“Calm Destruction”


Paul Dano’s directorial debut follows a story about a boy named Joe (Ed Oxenbould) trying to take a hold of his parent’s marriage falling apart while also dealing with his mother falling in love with another man (Bill Camp). His father Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal) loses his job and his mother Jeannette (Carey Mulligan) has to look for work as a result.

Told from the point of view of Joe, you see the destruction/crumbling of his family. The film might be slow to some and I found the pacing throughout perfect. It’s a slow-burn family drama. The cinematography is gorgeous. close-ups of each characters, Dano holds it for the perfect time, and you feel their emotion. When Carey and Jake are conversing with one another, you feel like you are right there in that room witnessing it just as Joe is, or on the other end of the spectrum, Carey with Joe, Jake with Joe etc.

Wildlife is a wonderful directorial debut featuring powerhouse performances from everyone involved, gorgeous cinematography, a tight screenplay by Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, and an intriguing story about a family falling apart in 1960s America. 

Rating – ★★★★


Below are the other films I have watched at TIFF:
Mid90s Review

First Man Review
Green Book Review
Climax Review
Widows Review
Hold the Dark Review

If Beale Street Could Talk Review

 

First Man Review

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“Houston, Damien Chazelle has done it again”


We all know the story but to those of you who don’t, the film is about Neil Armstrong’s (Ryan Gosling) ascent onto the moon and the events that lead up to it. Clocking in with a run-time of 2 hours and 20 minutes, First-Man I found was way too long and could have been 15-20 minutes shorter. Although the story I found was interesting, there was not enough substance to completely grip/hook me completely throughout.

In terms of the visuals, its absolutely gorgeous. From how everything was shot, making you feel super claustrophobic and how the sound design/mixing completely emulates how that experience would sound. You are inside the cockpit along with the astronaut. You feel every shake which also brings me to another thing – the use of shaky-cam I thought was overdone and kind of took me out of it at times.

The performances are all great. Gosling steals it along with his wife, Janet (Claire Foy) and the supporting cast deliver as well. Another thing I thought was great was the score. I really liked the soundtrack. 

In conclusion, First Man is really well done and you can clearly see the amount of detail that was put into this film and it is a must watch on the big screen for sure. With that being said, First Man didn’t hook me all the way through and I found it really hard to relate to Armstrong and found it a bit dull at times.

Rating – ★★★½



Below are the other films I have watched at TIFF:
Green Book Review
Widows Review
Mid90s Review
Hold the Dark Review
Climax Review
Wildlife Review
If Beale Street Could Talk Review