6/10 I really wanted to like this film. I had heard great things and it is produced by Darren Aronofsky, one of my favorite directors of all time. However, this film felt like a collection of scenes that work on their own but not when combined together into a cohesive film. I left feeling underwhelmed and if this story was even really worth telling in the first place. It feels like they had to stretch a lot out just to get through its brief run time. The film also takes away a lot of its emotional punch by having some of its saddest, most heart wrenching moments in the beginning of the film, before they can build up empathy for its lead character. The jumping around in time and some questionable editing choices left me a little baffled. However, Natalie Portman’s performance and the underrated Peter Sarsgaard give unbelievably strong performances, particularly Portman. It is also great to see John Hurt pop up as well. The score is also easily one of the top three best scores of the year and the production design of recreating 1960s Washington DC is extremely well done with immense attention to detail. The costume design and cinematography also stood out. So although there is a lot to admire, this film just didn’t add up to the sum of its parts. Give this a rental but no real need to see it on the big screen.
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