Black Bear (2020) Review

Starring Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott, Sarah Gadon, Alexander Koch and written and directed by Lawrence Michael Levine, Black Bear (2020) had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival back in January 2020. This brilliant piece of work is set to be released to the general public on December 4, 2020, but that date could change because of the extenuating circumstances of the current world. Today, let’s get into the incredible story woven into this film and why you should watch it if you get the chance.

Let’s get into the story.

When a young, artistic couple invite a filmmaker friend to their isolated lake house, they engage in a complicated series of mind games that challenge their relationships and creativity, and call into question the barriers they have constructed between their art and their lives. Lawrence Michael Levine’s Black Bear is a thriller, a comedy, and a meta-commentary on filmmaking and desire. Levine’s film is a swirling showcase for his actors, who fully inhabit their characters in surprising ways, constantly shifting the ground beneath the viewer’s feet. (Montclair Film)

from Momentum Pictures on YouTube

My thoughts.

This film took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. In the beginning, I felt that I could easily relate to Allison (Aubrey Plaza) because I am also a creative that can feel lost. But by the end of the film, Allison is someone completely different. As a viewer you question: What is real? What is a lie? What should I believe and who should I trust?

The many long shots make the story seem even more realistic, almost as if you are watching a real conversation between three people and you are just the outsider looking in. The dialogue is well-thought out and profoundly interesting. The music dramatically adds to the tone of a scene and can make an interaction lean towards being more suspenseful or comedic.

My opinions on Blair (Sarah Gadon) and Gabe (Christopher Abbott) shifted dramatically through the film. In the first half of the movie, Blair annoyed me, but then I started to become more empathetic towards her. As for Gabe, I understood his feelings, but that does not mean that they justify his actions.

However, the second half of this film throws all of those judgements to the corner and made me have an underlying dislike for Blair and Gabe. Near the ending, I thought that Gabe redeemed himself, but I was proven wrong. Without giving away spoilers, character traits change drastically throughout this film and it is interesting how you can empathize for a character in one scene and despise the character the next. That being said, these extreme emotions can only be felt with incredible acting and writing. Everyone working on this film did such a great job.

One comment that I do have to make is about a scene toward the end of the film. There are a few cuts in the edit that took me out of the story. I am not sure if they were done purposefully to make the audience feel what the characters were feeling, or if they were done to comment on the intersection of film and real life, but they could also be a glitch in the editing.

Once again, well done to all the actors for making me believe in their completely different characters, the underlying manipulation, the genre-defying suspense, the repeating scenes of reality, and the dialogue that seemed so real and improvised that I cried because I felt so deeply for the characters. I also really like the title of the film. When I choose titles for my films, I like to choose words that draw attention to the overall meaning of the work and I think that is what “Black Bear” does for this film. The words “Black Bear” point the viewer in the right direction when they start to ponder the meaning of the film, and I really enjoy that aspect.

Sentence Summary

When art mimics life, where is the line drawn between the two?

Rating: 9/10

I have not watched a film that was this great in a long time. If I was in film school, I could easily write an essay about this film and still have more I would want to talk about. The acting and direction is great. The story kept me interested and kept me guessing at what would happen next. The reason I gave this film a 9 and not a 10 is the ending and the somewhat slow beginning, but both can be expected for more indie film like this one.

Although I found the ending creative and open-ended, it left me wanting more. Maybe that is a good thing and compliments the director, actors, and everyone involved, but I felt like I needed some type of closure. Many indie films have open-ended endings like this one and I guess that I just need to learn to live with not having the answers to all of my questions. Maybe I should have given this film a 10/10, or a 9.5/10. Watch the film and let me know what you think!

Check out Black Bear:

Read more about the movie on IMDb or keep an eye out for when it is available for viewing online. Currently this movie is available to view online (for NJ and NY only) through Montclair Film Festival, but that is just for a limited time until October 25, 2020. If you watch the film through Montclair Film, there is also a Q&A after the movie with the director and writer Lawrence Michael Levine and the star Aubrey Plaza.

*Also, thanks to Montclair Film for allowing me to use their brilliant summary of this film. They are great at briefly describing a film without giving away important spoilers.

What a Girl Wants (2003)

During this questionable time, I have found comfort in watching classic films that bring me back to happier times. The last time I watched What a Girl Wants (2003), I was probably in 2nd grade. So, I decided it was time that I watch it again. I just barely remembered the plot. But after rewatching the movie, I instantly remembered all of the music, characters, and the funny jokes. I definitely do not regret giving this movie a watch. It is available on Netflix as of right now!

from Warner Bros on YouTube

Let’s talk about it.

First, I need to start off by talking about Colin Firth. One word. Wow. Now onto the story. Daphne (Amanda Bynes) is a normal American teenager. She lives with her mom in New York, but always dreamt of meeting her father. One day, she decides to buy a plane ticket to go and visit him. Things do not go as planned, there are ups and downs, but in the end Daphne is left fulfilled and whole.

Part of the reason I like this story so much is because I always dreamt of traveling. Going to London and exploring sounded incredible when I watched this as a child. Daphne is fearless and fun, and part of me wanted to be like her. I like the message behind this film that encourages the audience to be themselves, regardless of what others think. The story emphasizes that giving up part of yourself to be with someone else is not worth it. I think that is a good lesson to learn.

Although this film is not on the caliber of a James Cameron movie, there is a lot of heart intertwined with the story. Watching this as an adult, I see some of the sweet moments that I missed as a child. I know the significance of being with the people you love and getting to know them on a deep level. Thus, I think this film aged well. The themes are still relevant, the story is still light-hearted and moving, and Colin Firth aged like fine wine. The story focuses on the amazing reunion of a father and daughter, and how their family is forever changed.

Sentence Summary

When a high school graduate yearns to meet her father, she does whatever she needs to do to make that happen, even if that includes boarding a flight to London and disobeying her mother’s wishes.

Rating: 8/10

Rating: 8 out of 10.

I rated this film so high because I rated it from my perspective as a child. When I watched this for the first time in childhood, I loved it. Thus, I thought it was only fair to rate it from my childhood mind. You cannot compare this film to a Chris Nolan film, you can only compare this film to stories that you find so nostalgic and memorable that you cannot think about them objectively because they are so entangled in your memories. This is one of those movies.

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I like getting sentimental and nostalgic. I am that friend that always brings up stories from 10 years ago and recites them like they happened yesterday. What can I say? I value my memories dearly.

What is your favorite film from your childhood? I would love to watch it and potentially review it. 90’s and 00’s films are far different than the films that are made today. Now, there are more special effects, but less heart. Which is saddening.

Thanks for reading,

Arianna

Montclair Film Festival 2020

This year I am an intern at the Montclair Film Festival. The festival was originally scheduled to take place in May, but was postponed until October because of the pandemic. The festival has a selection of online screenings and drive-in cinema experiences. There are panels, Q&A’s, and special guests. Today I want to share with you some of the films/panels I am most excited for. Let’s begin!

MontclairFilm on YouTube

1. Surge (2020) – 93 minutes

A documentary film with a pre-recorded Q&A that is available for online viewing from Saturday, October 17 to Sunday, October 25.

Hannah Rosenzweig and Wendy Sachs are the directors and producers of this documentary about the record number of first-time female candidates who ran, won and upended politics in the historic 2018 midterm elections. Following three candidates in Texas, Indiana and Illinois who each were looking to flip their red district to blue (including Lauren Underwood, the youngest black woman to ever be elected to Congress), Surge explores the dynamic campaigns of this new generation of politician, driven to service and representation as a way of counteracting the historical underrepresentation of women in the American political landscape, while inspiring hope for enduring change.

2. I Am Greta (2020) – 97 minutes

A documentary on Greta Thunberg available for virtual screenings in CT, NY, and NJ only from Friday, October 23 to Sunday, October 25, including a Q&A with the producer, Cecilia Nessen.

In August 2018, Greta Thunberg began a “school strike for climate,” sitting in front of the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm to draw attention to her concern about the government’s inaction on the urgent issue of climate change. I AM GRETA follows her story from its origins, creating a powerful portrait of a committed thinker and advocate whose decision to speak up in the face of indifference continues to shape our world.

3. Equity Panel

This panel is part of the Storyteller Series and is presented in partnership with Audible. It’s available for virtual screening from Saturday, October 17 to Sunday, October 25.

2020 has been a watershed moment in the documentary filmmaking community, as organizations like Brown Girls Doc Mafia build community, develop resources and networks, and engage in an organized effort to create opportunities and representation for women of color in all areas of non-fiction filmmaking. The panel of women in non-fiction film explore the impact of their work on the field of documentary films, the challenges ahead, and the solutions and resources being developed that are creating systemic change in the documentary film community.

4. Environmental Shorts

These 2 documentaries on the environmental concerns of Greenland and Japan are available from Saturday, October 17 to Sunday, October 25. There is a pre-recorded Q&A with director Dan McDougall (Open Water) and Otto Bell (The Toxic Pigs of Fukushima).

Open Water (2019) – 14 minutes (In English and Greenlandic with English subtitles)

A glimpse into the lives of three Greenlanders: a hunter, a ship’s captain and a fisherman, individuals whose very existence and heritage is intertwined with the Arctic Ocean.

The Toxic Pigs of Fukushima (2020) – 35 minutes (in Japanese with English subtitles)

The Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 triggered a tsunami, nuclear meltdown and mass evacuations in Fukushima Prefecture. Today, as part of a Government push to encourage resettlement, local hunters have been enlisted to dispose of radiated Wild Boars that roam the abandoned streets and buildings.

5. Case Study: Palm Springs

Presented in partnership with Audible and part of the Storyteller Series, this conversation is available from Saturday, October 17 to Sunday, October 25.

One of the best comedies of the year, PALM SPRINGS was the breakout hit of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Join star and producer, Andy Samberg, star Cristin Milioti, Director Max Barbakow, and writer Andy Siara as they discuss the creative process behind their hilarious mindbender of a film, and their experience with bringing the movie into the world in a year unlike any other.

Thank you for reading. Be sure to check out Montclair Film Festival‘s website if you are looking for some fun, new films to watch while you are at home. I find it so exciting to learn about new creatives and watch their work. Let me know if you check out any of these films! You can check out the festival on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

P.S. Shoutout Montclair Film Festival for all the information about the films that is provided in this post. They are great at writing concise, interesting summaries of a film, panel, or Q&A. Also, some of these films/panels have geographical limitations, you can learn more on the Montclair Film Festival website here.

Two Cars, One Night (2004)

I usually review feature films, but I thought that this short by Taika Waititi was worthy of its own post. Waititi is currently one of the most acclaimed directors and writers in Hollywood. He won an Oscar last year for his Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit (2019). He is well-known for his joyous and humorous tone, and his not-so-subtle accent. His films are full of heart and humor, and this short titled, Two Cars, One Night, is no different. Let’s dive in a bit and see what makes Waititi so special.

from Searchlight Pictures on YouTube

The Story.

When two boys are left in a car one night, they rely on humor to occupy them while they wait for their parents to return. The two boys have contrasting personalities, one is a “book worm,” while the other is a “talker”. The outspoken boy is drawn to a girl in a nearby car. They share insults, expressive reactions, and mirrored behavior. In juxtaposition to the kids, flashes of nearby life are shown sped up to acknowledge the surroundings of the children.

Although this film is short, it provides an interesting glimpse into the lives of kids and exposes the lengths at which they will go to gain each other’s attention. While a typical movie-watcher could watch this short film and find it mediocre, I argue that anyone who appreciates movies will find this short intriguing and special.

Follow the tumultuous journey in two cars in one night. No pun intended. The New Zealand accents add even more humor to this story. The pop culture references of “Romeo and Juliet” and “Johnny Depp” make it relatable and add perspective. My favorite line is, “Shut up man, I’m reading.” Well said. Well said. Just watch this short, there is no way to describe it, it’s just something that needs to be watched to understand its full potential.

Sentence Summary.

When children are left in the car one night, an unlikely friendship forms through humor and impatience.

Rating: 9/10

Rating: 9 out of 10.

I have seen quite a lot of short films. I was on the reviewing committee for several film festivals. I have seen some great films and some shallow ones. This film has a perfect balance of humor and heart, the brilliant combination that Waititi is best known for. I also found this short compelling and thought-provoking. For those reasons, I think this short deserves 9 stars. The kids are the stars of this film and I am a fan of that. The directing is also incredible, so keep an eye out for that!

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As you can see, Waititi’s first film was not Thor Ragnarok (2017). Some of this other films are Boy (2010) and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016). Although these films are not as well-known as Thor or Jojo Rabbit (2019), they are worth a watch. I could talk about his films for days and why they are so brilliant, but I will leave the mystery up to you. Go watch them for yourself and you will see why I adore Waititi’s films so much.

Talk to you next week. Thanks for being here.

Arianna

My Top 5 Halloween Movies

I am not a huge fan of horror films, so I was not going to write this post, but I think that there are many people out there that also love Halloween, but not creepy movies. This post is for you. If you want a list of the scariest, creepiest, bloodiest films, then this post is not for you. Sorry to disappoint your Halloween-loving heart, but these movies are mostly light-hearted, and not meant to keep you from sleeping for a week. That being said, let’s get into it!

1. Halloweentown (1998)

This movie came out the year I was born, so I guess you could say I have some sort of connection to it. I watch it every fall without fail and it never gets old. There are many sequels, but the original movie is my favorite. The characters are witty, the plot is humorous, and the world it creates is just plain weird.

Halloweentown tells the story of a young witch who is just coming to terms with her magic and learning about the magical world that her grandmother lives in. If you haven’t watched this film, what are you doing? Watch it now! It is fun and sweet. Not spooky, it’s feel-good.

from Disney Channel on YouTube

2. Twitches (2005)

TWIN WITCHES! Twitches! Honestly, what were they thinking when they titled this film? The title still boggles me, but I used to love this movie. Maybe because it had twins in it, and obviously Disney Channel loves twins (ie. Zack and Cody). This film stars the Mowry twins who get reunited on their 21st birthday. In order to save the world, they need to use their magical powers to harness their strength. Will they have the power to save everyone, or will they back down and let the darkness take over? Spooky, this movie actually scared me a little when I was a kid, but it is all good now.

from YouTube

3. IT (2017)

Ok, this is definitely more scary then those two previous films I mentioned. I honestly found this movie more funny, than scary, but that does not mean that this movie is not creepy. The characters have funny lines, the directing is done beautifully, and the visuals are incredible. All of the acting is spot-on and made me so enveloped in this story. Will Pennywise the clown eat all the kids of Derry, Maine, or will the kids outsmart this blood-loving, big-haired, poofy-skirt wearing clown? Watch it and let me know what you think is the scariest part.

from YouTube

4. Scream (1996)

I was so scared the first time I saw the first 15 minutes of this film that I turned it off and didn’t watch the rest of it until a year later. Yes, that is absolutely a true story. I watched it for the first time a few days ago and it has a great blend of gory horror and punch-gut humor. What is with horror movies also being funny? This movie is way scarier than IT in my opinion. I wanted a teddy bear to hug. I still want a teddy bear to hug, but the ending made me feel a little better. A little. Think about the scariest thing that could happen and this movie probably includes that scenario.

from YouTube

5. Psycho (1960)

A classic! You have heard of this film, I am almost positive. Directed by the iconic Alfred Hitchcock, the story of Norman Bates and Marion Crane shocks audiences with creative horror scenes. Many scenes from this film are used in other films, in commercials, and in other creative disciplines as examples of a terrific, terrifying, and engaging story-line and plot. Give it a watch if you have not seen it as of yet.

from YouTube

Thanks for reading! What are your must-watch Halloween movies? Are they different than mine? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram! I guess I do like some spooky movies! I do not watch scary movies often, but I guess I do have a horror side. They can be fun sometimes! Sometimes. As long as it isn’t too late and you aren’t alone. Am I right?

Hope you have a great afternoon! Filled with no clowns, no witches, and no twitches.

Arianna

Enola Holmes (2020)

Lord Tewkesbury’s full name is quite a mouth-full, but this movie was underwhelming, to say the least. Starring: Millie Bobby Brown, Sam Claflin, Henry Cavill, Helena Bodham Carter, and more, Enola Holmes (2020) had a lot of hype surrounding it. As a fan of Sherlock Holmes and mystery films, I was looking forward to this adaption, but I was horribly let down. If you are not under thirteen, I suggest that you pass on this film.

I do not usually write about movies that I dislike, because I know how much work goes into a film. It takes years of hard work and planning in order to finally have a film to share with the world. That being said, I have to be absolutely honest about this film. Enola (Millie Bobby Brown) narrates much of this story and talks directly to the audience. This made me feel uncomfortable. I think that the narration could have been done in a smarter, more successful way, that was not as confrontational.

I also think that this movie would have been better off as a T.V. series. Each episode could have had its own mini plot and then ended in a big finale episode. Although it is likely this movie will have a sequel, I do not think that it requires one. If a sequel is made, I would want it to have a different writer and director. Overall, the acting is perfectly fine, but something about the story does not pull me in. The characters are not fully developed and I feel as if I missed half of the story.

Additionally, the tone is everywhere. Sometimes Enola is ok with her mother leaving her, and other times, she is very emotional, as if the movie has just changed to an intense drama, when the rest of the film is a light and airy children’s movie. I do not think children’s movies are bad, but I expected this movie to have higher stakes and be targeted at a larger audience. I watched this film with my mother and brother, all of which are over the age of thirteen, and we all agreed that this film is meant for a younger audience. If I watched this film at the age of ten, I would have loved it! It has a great message and tells a moving story, but it is missing something, if it wants to be loved by a more mature audience.

I have read a few reviews where the reviewers loved this film. However, I cannot find anything about this film to rave about. I would change the timeline of the story, the structure of the plot, the dialogue, the directing, the character development, and so much more. On the bright side, the movie is visually stunning with the country and city scenery, and the clothing changes, but I cannot think of anything else to brag about.

from Netflix on YouTube

What to think about:

One of the highlights of this movie is the over-encompassing meaning and female empowerment. I love this message and the relationship between the mother and daughter. However, I wish the film showed more of Enola and Eudoria together, and did not just tell their stories through flashbacks. But besides that, this film gave me time to think about the female’s role in society and how it has changed drastically over the last few centuries. Women still have a long way to go in order to be treated as equals to men, but it is clear that we are not going to be silenced. We will continue to push forward until our voices are heard loud and clear.

Rating: 5 out of 10.

Rating: 5/10

Clearly, I was not a fan of this film. If it was not for the female empowerment aspect of this film, and the encouragement to be yourself and follow your own path, I would have rated this film much lower. However, when I think of this film as a story for children, I am more inclined to give it a higher rating, around 7/10. But if I compare this film to the Sherlock Holmes films I am used to, this film deserves a 5/10.

Although you could easily watch this film on Netflix, I would recommend watching something else instead. If you plan on having this movie in the background while you are doing something else, then this film might be worth putting on. Or if you have a young child that enjoys mysteries, they would love this! Otherwise, I would watch something else on Netflix. There are a lot of great other options.

Sentence Summary

When Enola realizes that her mother has left her, she is forced to make important decisions that will drastically affect her future.

See ya!

Thanks for being here. What did you think about this film? Let me know on Instagram or in the comments below. I always enjoy reading your feedback and your opinions. Although I was not a fan of this film, I acknowledge that not every film is for everyone, and that is perfectly ok. Everyone is different and is entitled to their own opinions. That’s the beauty of cinema!

Have a great day!
Arianna

Big Time Adolescence (2019)

Photo by Chris Chow on Unsplash

Starring: Griffin Gluck, MGK, Sydney Sweeney, Thomas Barbusca, Pete Davidson, Emily Arlook, Jon Cryer and more.

Director and Screenwriter: Jason Orley

As someone who keeps up with film festivals, I became aware of this film when it premiered at Sundance last year. There was hype around it, but it has calmed down now. I recently started a free trial on Hulu, so I could watch new films. After reading the summary of this film, I was not intrigued. But I thought I would give it a try anyway. Just a heads up: Pete has great hair in this movie.

Movie Coverage from YouTube

Movie Talk:

I was skeptical. I thought this film would be like any other teenage coming-of-age story with over-the-top characters that do things I would never do as a teenager. Although the movie does have some generic teenage jokes and events, something about this film stands out to me.

Most of actors in this film are great, especially Griffin Gluck (Mo) and Davidson (Zeke). I think it is important to mention that Davidson’s character does not seem far off from who he is as a person in real life. His character, Zeke, is not a far stretch from the characters he usually plays on SNL. That being said, most of the characters in this movie are dynamic and provide a nice balance of comedic relief and drama. The relationships between the characters are at the center of the film.

Zeke becomes a mentor to Mo, a high school student. Even though Zeke might not be the best mentor to have, he really does care about Mo. Zeke is an example of what happens to those cool kids from high school after they graduate. Even though Zeke is older, Mo sometimes acts like the older, more mature of the pair. However, Zeke has more life experience than Mo, and that becomes quite obvious. Together, they balance each other out and show how one personality trait can manifest and escalate to become a major problem, or a major contributing factor to one’s success.

Something I found funny about Zeke’s character is when he says, “Ok.” A simple word, but the way Pete says this line reminds me of his character Chad from SNL. One thing that I did not like about this film was the music. It was cheesy sometimes and took away from the film. One thing that I did like about this film was how it chronicled a part of life that is often glossed over in films: the time after high school when kids do not know what to do with the rest of their lives.

Get a little deeper.

The characters in this film truly care about each other. Not on a childish level, but on a deep level. When Mo needed help in the pool scene, Zeke pulled him to safety and was a true friend, when he could have easily left Mo behind. Zeke can be a bad influence, a very bad influence, but he also cares more about Mo, than the fact that his girlfriend left him. Mo would follow Zeke anywhere. That kind of bond is unique.

Mo lives with his family and does not need to pay for his own things, while Zeke has to live on his own. Zeke teaches Mo through his mistakes and helps him grow into an adult. Mo acts in juxtaposition to most of the other characters, until he starts to become just like everyone else he is surrounded by. Zeke is willing to take the hit for Mo, but at some point Mo realizes that he needs to move on from Zeke.

Symbols and Lessons:

There are a lot of lessons and symbols that are mentioned/used in this film. Here are some of the stand out moments/quotes or scenes that stood out to me.

  1. Each character’s bedroom helps tell the person’s story.
  2. “The world doesn’t care about what you might do if you really put your mind to it, it cares about what you actually did.”
  3. At times the camera stayed still and did not move to follow characters.
  4. Zeke keeps telling stories from high school, even when he is 23 and should have more stories to tell by then.
  5. “I liked you, I don’t like you anymore.”
  6. Kids make mistakes.
  7. “I don’t want to end up like you man.”
  8. Mo’s dad wonders why his son likes Zeke more than him.
  9. Mo shuts a door and a picture falls, as a symbol of things beginning to change.
  10. Mo is driving away while Zeke is visible in the rearview. Mo is moving on from his old life.
from Variety on YouTube

What to think about:

This movie made me think about the things I did and did not do as a teenager. It also made me feel the importance of the people you are surrounded by on the daily basis. You become who you spend your time with, and if you are not careful, they may have a negative effect on your future. Sometimes friends can help you emotionally and make you feel good short-term, but in the long-run, you might need to leave them behind in order to reach your full potential.

I enjoyed how this movie started with the ending, it is clever and interesting. It makes you wonder about your potential future and if you will be happy with it, or not.

Rating: 6 out of 10.

Watch this film: 6.4/10

This film wasn’t incredible or awful. I laughed at times and there is heart to this movie, it isn’t just an empty comedy. However, it is not my favorite genre. I normally watch drama, or action/adventure films. Keep that in mind when you read my review. I am not an avid comedy watcher because I often do not find comedies very funny. Thus, I think it is significant that this film actually made me laugh a few times.

Sentence Summary

When a high school kid starts to hang out with new, older friends, his life starts to change: in some ways for the better, and in some ways for the worse.

What happens when high school is over?

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Thanks for reading! I appreciate you. I want to see Pete in more serious roles. He has been through a lot and I would love to see him in a role in a deeply moving movie.

I also want to start writing about movie premieres, actors, upcoming shows, and trailers, so let me know what you want to read! Send me a message on my Instagram, or let me know in the comments below.

Arianna x

P.S. tongue daddy. (You will only understand this reference if you have watched this movie, otherwise you will just think that I am weird, but I am fine with that.)

The Devil All The Time

One of the most anticipated movies of the year came out a few days ago. Like most mainstream films, I started off very skeptical. Popular movies tend to lack depth and have regurgitated story lines that have been seen many times before. However, I was pleasantly surprised by The Devil All The Time (2020). The movie is suspenseful, every moment leaves you on the edge of your seat wanting to find the glue to put the story’s puzzle pieces together. Let’s talk about it.

What a story!

I want to start off by mentioning that the genre of this film is not something that I normally watch. I was originally drawn to this film because of its all-star cast, but I stayed because the story sunk its teeth into me. Horror, love, revenge, and the battle between what is good and what is evil.

Much of the story is up for interpretation, many of the characters are not clearly “good” or “bad,” they are a bit of both. This balance beam walking act kept me engaged with the film for its entirety and almost made me forget to breath.

All of that being said, this film is a thriller, a mystery, and plays with your mind. There is death, heartbreak, and some themes that made me feel uneasy, but throughout the film, I focused a lot of my attention on the characters. While most films focus on plot, this film had a nice balance between the characters and plot, and how they carefully intertwine. For instance, Willard (Bill Skarsgard) has some slanted beliefs, but underneath it all, he seems to be a nice man. He loves his son, he loves his wife, and he loved his dog. But something about him is not right. Something about him cannot be trusted. So, what does that mean about Arvin?

There are very few definitive answers in this film. There are no super heroes. No ghosts. Just setting, plot, and characters. This is one of those films that I will be thinking about for weeks. Right after watching the film, I did not think that I liked it. It was weird. Strange. But now, a day later, I appreciate it’s intricacy and its attention to detail. I also acknowledge the great acting and directing. The screenwriting was also well done because I was never confused. I felt happy when I could put the clues together for myself and was not simply told plot points. Well done all around!

from Netflix on YouTube

Something to think about:

Willard has this saying that is repeated throughout the film, “There’s a lot of no good sons of b***hes out there.” This saying made me think about how our psychology and inner dialogues affect our everyday lives, and thus, our lives as a whole. We tend to see what we think we will see. We tend to find what we think we will find.

In other words, if in the morning we think that we are going to have a good day, we will remember the instances in that day that are good. However, if we think we are going to have a bad day, we will remember the parts of the day that are bad. A single saying laid out the structure for Willard’s life and in some ways, Arvin’s life as well. If you think people are out to get you, you will find people who are. If you think people are kind, you will find people who are.

The way you look at the world changes how you experience it. I wonder how Willard’s life would have turned out if he had a different catch phrase.

Sentence Summary

When Spiderman comes back from Thanos’ snap, he finds himself surrounded by corruption and a gone-rogue Edward Cullen.

Now, onto the real sentence summary: Arvin’s family history is engraved in him and leads him down a path that his father started for him many years ago.

See ya!

Thank you for reading. You are awesome.

What did you think of this film? Did Tom Holland surprise you, or did you always know that he had the acting chops in him?

I knew that Tom was something special. His Spiderman is goofy and adds just the right vibe to the Marvel Universe.

However, some of the other actors in this film could work on their southern accent! Ahem. I think you know who I am talking about… not Pattinson, he was incredible, as usual.

Arianna

P.S. Let’s talk about Pattinson.

I wrote this post and realized that I did not even mention the brilliant Robert Pattinson. He can truly play any role. In this film, he plays a preacher who is entrancing. His character is despicable, but somehow he also has this magnetism to him.

I cannot think of an actor who is as versatile as Pattinson. What a brilliant artist. And a fellow weirdo. I appreciate that. But his character in this film was brainwashed and had no sound moral compass.

He played the character incredibly. Round of applause for him! But not for his character, because he was a d-bag.

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