D: David Michôd (War Machine, The Rover, Animal Kingdom).
S: Timothée Chalamet, Robert Pattinson, Joel Edgerton, Lily-Rose Depp, Sean Harris, Thomasin McKenzie, Tara Fitzgerald, Dean-Charles Chapman, Ben Mendelsohn.
Exhilarating. This feels weighty. The dialogue is mellifluous. The acting filled with gripping solemnity. The score skilfully both anchors and drives proceedings.
Ds: Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho (Neighbouring Sounds).
S: Barbara Colen, Thomas Aquino, Silvero Pereira.
Modern Brazilian western. Eschews clichés of town being rescued by strangers. Has biting political allegory. Could have benefitted from the climax being taken off the leash.
THE CLIMB ★★★★☆
A: Michael Angelo Covino.
S: Michael Angelo Covino, Kyle Marvin, Gayle Rankin.
What a comedy! The camerawork is unbelievable. The scene orchestration is sublime. Avoids the usual bromance formula, for something sadder and less mawkish.