May Movie Reviews – Folio 2.0 / EU Jacksonville


Harry Moore

The man from the north

From the director of Lighthouse and The witch comes an epic tale of revenge in the dark and violent time of the Vikings. When the King (Ethan Hawke) is murdered by his brother (Claes Bang), who has also claimed the Queen (Nicole Kidman), young Prince Amleth (Oscar Novak) swears to avenge his father’s death. After becoming a mighty warrior (Alexander Skarsgård), Amleth pursues his bloody revenge against his uncle.

With his previous releases, director Robert Eggers has established himself as one of the most interesting visionaries working today, capable of creating grounded and real historical worlds. With The man from the north, Eggers is able to work on a much larger canvas than he has had access to in his other works, and he does not disappoint. From the film’s opening shots, it’s clear that the filmmaker is in full control of his craft, drawing audiences into this ancient world through beautifully composed cinematography and flawlessly crafted costumes and sets, as well as authentically showing life. and character rituals. The brutality of the world never feels gratuitous, but rather true to the historical setting of the story, even when it becomes very visceral and unwavering in the portrayal of gore. All actors are brought in to give fully engaged performances that feel authentic to the characters and the story being told.

Skarsgård inhabits his role, making Amleth a beast-like figure as he swings his weapon, but he is also able to bring out the frail vulnerability of his traumatized inner child who witnessed the brutal murder of his father and the abduction of his mother. He’s utterly believable as a Viking warrior driven only by rage and revenge. Anya Taylor-Joy continues to build her esteemed career with another impressive performance as Olga, a female slave who chooses to aid Amleth in her quest for revenge. Since his decisive role in The witch, Taylor-Joy has proven on many occasions to be a very capable actor, able to handle a range of dialects and characters with ease. She is set to be a star for years to come. Kidman gives what is perhaps his most vital performance in years, creating a deceitful and engaging character, while Bang is able to turn what should be a repulsive villain into a fleshed-out character with depth and an air of sympathy towards him. Both Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe are reliably memorable in their brief parts.

Although the plot can be quite archetypal, borrowing easily from classic tales like Hamletit’s Eggers’ vision and skill as a filmmaker that make this an enthralling epic, featuring some of the most brutal and distinct set pieces of any film in recent years, and well worth watching. seen on the big filter.

The unbearable weight of massive talent

Nicolas Cage stars as Nick Cage in this hilarious action-comedy that brings out the actor’s public persona with refreshing self-awareness coming from an award-winning Hollywood star. After failing to land another role and facing financial ruin, actor Nick Cage is offered a lucrative opportunity to be invited to the birthday party of wealthy and eccentric Javi (Pedro Pascal), a self-described superfan of the actor. But shortly after arriving at Javi’s home, Cage is confronted by a pair of CIA agents (Tiffany Haddish and Ike Barinholtz) who reveal that Javi is, in fact, a violent arms dealer, then recruit the actor to spy on Javi. The unbearable weight of massive talent is one of the best comedies to hit theaters in recent times, as it skillfully satirizes the film industry and the egos of movie stars, and delivers thrilling action, making the film comparable to that of Ben Stiller Thunder in the tropics. Cage plays his character to great comedic effect, playing his rather aloof and on the verge of going off the rails on-screen counterpart, indulging in some of his acting characteristics with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek – and for die-hard fans de Cage, there are plenty of Easter eggs and references to many works from his long and eclectic career. Pascal again shows why he’s one of the most sought-after actors working today, making Javi a very likable and funny character who can also conjure up undertones of threat to himself. Globally, Massive talent is a fun and entertaining comedy that plays to the strengths of its two leads and will almost certainly have you wanting to rewatch Air conditioning.


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