With ‘Loving’ Jeff Nichols has delivered a more than correct drama based on real events. It tells the story of a marriage that ended up knocking down racist American laws that prevented interracial couples from marrying. The heart of his film is in the spectacular performance of Ruth Negga, well supported by Joel Edgerton, and in his subtle departure from the melodrama, avoiding loading his film with racist clichés, at no time the word ‘nigger’ is used, and betting for a simple and humble movie as your main character.
9. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
It is impossible to see ‘The Last Jedi’ without ignoring all the background noise. On the one hand, critics have called it, almost unanimously, as the best film in the series since the best of the lot, ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, on the other, a large part of the original fans have felt insulted and have begun to curse Rian Johnson’s name as if it were Palpatine himself. That said, as a critic (or as someone who charges as such) and as an original fan of the series (one of my first memories in the cinema is to see ‘The Return of the Jedi’) I think the movie is an absolute enjoyment. I have felt that child who was fascinated by the lightsabers and who looked at the stars in search of adventure. Of course it is not perfect and that there are things that squeak (I am looking at you Porgs) but, in general, It is quite a show very well worn by Johnson that takes some great scenes out of his sleeve (like the salty tribute to the Empire). I also loved his courage, his love for the original work but, at the same time, his own look, forgetting Abrams’ own surprises, fan theories and without being blinded by orthodoxy. In ‘The Return of the Jedi’ there were also Ewoks and holes in the story but the feeling that left you on leaving was a smile on your face. The same one I have after having enjoyed the last Jedi many decades later. fan theories and without being blinded by orthodoxy. In ‘The Return of the Jedi’ there were also Ewoks and holes in the story but the feeling that left you on leaving was a smile on your face. The same one I have after having enjoyed the last Jedi many decades later. fan theories and without being blinded by orthodoxy. In ‘The Return of the Jedi’ there were also Ewoks and holes in the story but the feeling that left you on leaving was a smile on your face. The same one I have after having enjoyed the last Jedi many decades later.
‘biopic’ of former American first lady Jacqueline Kennedy starring an Oscar-nominated Natalie Portman. The two best-known data of ‘Jackie’ might suggest that we are facing one of those biographical films so popular with the Academy that they follow a similar script (ascension, fall and redemption) and that they only serve as an exhibition platform for their protagonist . Not the case, the Chilean Pablo Larraín has built a film that avoids the conventions of this type of film and serves to get into the mind of one of the most mysterious and admired characters in US history. The only thing he has in common with that type of ‘biopics’ is a wonderful interpretation by his protagonist, although it is one that helps the film and not the other way around. >
7. La La Land
There is nothing that Hollywood likes more than a story about itself, starring handsome, young and charismatic actors. In addition, his escapist motive, such as the great musicals of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the times of the ‘Great Depression’, is perfect for the grim times that run. There is not much substance if you look at it carefully but, as an escape valve, it cannot be denied its enormous charm.
6. The Salesman
Asghar Farhadi demonstrates again with ‘The traveler’ that he is one of the best directors of today with a disturbing work, in which he returns to use one of his usual resources, a casual and out of the ordinary incident that will disrupt Complete the life of its protagonists and make them see who they really are. In this case, showing the tremendous machismo of Iranian society, in which women are the only reasonable and compassionate element, but they hardly have any weight in it.
5. Toni Erdmann
The German director Maren Ade delivers an author comedy in which laughs hurt and tragic moments make you smile. Despite a not too original argument, about the distant relationship between a father and a daughter that seem totally opposite, every moment of the film surprises, managing to give it a totally original point of view.
4. Get Out
The film that best reflects the feeling of the times, a social portrait hidden as a genre tape, in this case of terror. What Jordan Peele has done is expose how difficult it is to be black in the US. And he has not done so by attacking the obvious, Trump’s radical followers but those high-class liberal whites who voted for Obama served to wash their conscience. Every detail of this movie is wonderful but there may not be a better example of what it says that when the appearance of a police car becomes the worst possible news for the protagonist …
‘Moonlight’ is about very specific things; harassment, sexual identity, poverty, drugs, identity search; they pass in a very specific place, a black ghetto in the US; but its reach exceeds race, gender or economic conditions, and that is, after all, the search for what we are is something of any human being.
2. Manchester facing the sea
If ‘You can count on me’ was a remarkable opera and ‘Margaret’ holds the title of cult work (filmed in 2005 was not released until 6 years later in a version edited by the studio) now with ‘Manchester facing the sea’ Kenneth Lonergan gets the round film that puts him on the cusp of that everyday realism of other American indie masters such as Linklater or Payne.
The first thing that surprised me when I came to the screening of ‘Dunkirk’ was when we announced the duration, 107 minutes. I couldn’t believe that the most ambitious director since James Cameron had shot an epic film about World War II of less than two hours. The second thing that captivated me is that within 30 seconds of starting I had already forgotten about durations, directors or anything else and I was at the end of May 1940 in Dunkirk with 400,000 British Expeditionary Force troops waiting, like them, for power Get out of there as soon as possible. In a time when television and on-demand channels are being forced, Christopher Nolan has given a monument to the resistance of the cinema, to the ancient pleasure of locking yourself in a dark room and transporting you to another world.