6/10 With a slew of Academy Award nominations (and three wins) and a very high score on Rotten Tomatoes (96%), this movie just goes to show that you can’t always trust the critics. This has to be one of the most overrated movies of the year and compared to all of the hype surrounding it, a complete let down. Before we get into all that is wrong with this movie, I will say there definitely are some positives. The cast has a lot of people whom have never acted before, including lead actress Yalitza Aparicio, whom shows she is one to keep an eye on as she crushes her debut role and was rewarded with a nomination for Best Actress for her work. The rest of the cast is also extremely talented and I like that Alfonso Cuaron kept the movie casted with all unknowns. Film makers tend to throw in one famous person but that always ends up being more of a distraction and standing out for the wrong reasons but Cuaron wisely opts against that. In addition to the masterful acting, Cuaron acts as his own cinematographer and provides easily some of the best cinematography of the year. Having the movie be in black and white feels very appropriate with its early 1970s setting and adds an extra layer to the movie. So overall from a technical standpoint, there is a lot of display on talent here, which is not a surprise coming from Cuaron. However, that is where the positives end. The most important part of a movie is the script and this script provides us with a movie that is slow, dull, boring and uneventful. The movie picks up in the third act but the first two acts crawl along at a snail’s pace. We feel for what the characters are going through but we aren’t all that emotionally invested in them so what could pack a powerful punch delivers more of a whimper. There is also some symbolism in the movie (airplanes for example) but without any context, we don’t really know why the symbolism exists. The movie tries to feel deep but ends up just giving us more style over substance. The movie isn’t very entertaining or fun to watch. I think most of the acclaim is due to political reasons as opposed to the overall quality of the actual movie. Coming from a great director whom has given us some great films in the past (“Gravity” and “Children of Men”), here is to hoping that we won’t have to wait five years until his next picture but that it will have a lot more to it than some technical wonder. The overall boring story tries its hardest to feel relevant but ends up making you want to nap.
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