Cannes 2015 #1

Reading Cannes reviews always makes a bit jealous, especially when it comes to movies, which make a buzz there or those booed with echo. Nevertheless, I’ve been waiting for some of the opinions regarding several titles and I can’t say I’m that extremely surprised.

Jessica Kang from Indiewire wrote a review about Denis Villeneuve’s drug cartel thriller “Sicario”, which I was really curious about. The team Deakins-Johansson-Villeneuve gathered up again and blew the competition away, but there’s been an insatiability regarding the plot. Still looking forward to see this movie, as I’m more than certain, that Villeneuve is simply unable to mangle any of his cinematic features.  The director was also said to take under scrutiny a remake of “Blade Runner”, which he greatly appreciates as a movie fan. Still, I hope to see “Sicario” to hit cinemas this year – Del Toro’s try for an Oscar and ominous soundtrack by Johansson with pristine shots by Deakins – that’s something worth waiting for.

Some positive reviews were also written about “Green Room” by Jeremy Saulnier. The “amateur” director, whose first movie began as a Kickstarter idea (“Blue Ruin”) stormed last year’s Cannes festival. Critics are quite consistent in the approach towards “Green Room”: idea of vengeance movie is somehow continued and it is a very disturbing, yet impressive piece of cinematography. As Jason Gorber wrote in his review, “Brash and haunting in equal measures, “Green Room” may be no masterpiece — but it’s the closest achievement in Saulnier’s career to merit that consideration.”, I take that as quite encouraging.

I’m dissapointed by reviews of “Sea of Trees”, but only watching one clip from the movie (a short scene, where Watanabe and McConaughey are walking somewhere in the forest) raised some concerns, that this might be a far shot from “Dallas Buyer’s Club” for Matthew. Well, I’m still interested in it. Yet there was no spectacular failure (just reminisce Ryan Gosling’s debut “Lost River” – read my review here), I sense that Gus van Sant’s “Sea of Trees” might be “booed” one this year.

Finally, there is “The Lobster” by Yorgos Lanthimos, which received a lot of positive feedback. Tim Grierson from Paste Magazine even stated, that “The Lobster” could be compared to Kubrick’s “Clockwork Orange” in its cynical manner of exhibiting faulible human nature. If that is true, then “The Lobster” could be a film worth watching, even though for someon, who absolutely neglected the artwork in “Dogtooth” – probably most remarkable film by Lanthimos.

There is more to come from Cannes, but I guess there is already a lot of good stuff screened there this year. For us, ordinary people, there is long waiting ahead, until we are blessed with this festival’s movies. But for some of them, I hope it will be worth to wait.


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