It’s Day One of the Best Picture Showcase! I thought I’d review all the films we saw today, but I’m hesitant because a) I hate spoilers, which are often necessary for a review to make sense, and b) I’d be giving my very inexpert opinion. I am no cinephile, nor am I particularly versed in film reviewing. Consider yourself forewarned, because here we go:
Phantom Thread – Gina’s take: “Meh.” Zumu: “Interesting . . .”
I really enjoyed it. Daniel Day-Lewis is always completely immersed in a part, and this role is no exception. Really, all three main characters were compelling. The story was far more slice-of-life than plot-driven, but the lives were so unusual that I was engaged the entire time. (And, frankly, I’d have loved it just for the settings and the couture dresses!)
Lady Bird – Zufu thought it was just okay, but Zumu said that’s because it was more of a girls’ movie.
This is the one movie I had already seen, and I absolutely love it. Saoirse Ronan is incredible. Laurie Metcalfe is painfully good. The movie is a veritable paean to Sacramento, director Greta Gerwig’s hometown. It’s happy and sad and heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Zufu: “That was great! That was a really great movie!” Gina felt justice was not properly served, so she couldn’t fully like it.
Man, the hits just keep coming on this one. You think something is one way, and BAM! Something else happens, which starts to get kind of resolved and then OH, NO! Something else happens and pretty soon AAAUGH! Didn’t see that coming, did you? Whew. All I can say is that my feeling for who was good and who was bad in this movie was constantly shifting, and I don’t know that I ever made up my mind on that point.
The Shape of Water – Gina loved it: “My friend tied up the mythical part of it for us at the end, which made it even better.”
I had no idea what to expect, other than what I’d seen in the trailer they showed at the Golden Globes. Sally Hawkins was great, Octavia Spencer was great, and Michael Shannon seriously gave me the creeps. Richard Jenkins as Elisa’s best friend was a revelation. I thought he stole every scene he was in. His Oscar nomination was well-deserved.
So that was Day One! We had 15-20 minutes between the first two films, another 15-20 between the next two, and an hour dinner break before the last one. Despite being sleep deprived, having power recliners, and even a blanket, I stayed wide awake and fully engaged the entire day!
Coming up next Saturday on Day Two:
- Darkest Hour
- Call Me By Your Name
- The Post
- Get Out