89 | Bong Joon-ho, Parasite (2019) 78 | Damien Chazelle, La La Land (2016) 74 | Alfonso Cuarón, Roma (2018) 65 | Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water (2017)
Up next: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant - 8
Iñárritu's style always seems to be 'more is more', and this constant striving for pulling off the biggest setpieces and eliciting the biggest reaction from the viewer can get rather repetitive and exhausting after a while. However, there's so denying his work here packs a visceral, powerful punch (the hallowed bear scene was brilliantly horrifying), and I was utterly absorbed in his filmmaking for the entire duration - even if I wished he would rein himself in every now and then.
Sidenote: had to end the previous poll a little early, and won't be able to do the next one until Sunday.
Post by Tommen_Saperstein on Feb 14, 2020 19:05:56 GMT
4 - everything I disliked about The Revenant I blame entirely on AGI. In different hands it wouldn't have been the pseudo-spiritual quasi-Malickian, naval-gazing pretentious Herzog ripoff that it ended up being. This could and should have been a straightforward barebones survival piece and that's all the material and real-life subject called for. Even with all that spectacle, Inarritu's approach made it so that I could never quite take the film seriously because his relentless and shallow appeals to spirituality (cue levitating wife dreams) is at constant odds with the entirely physical stakes of Glass's survival.
7. Opening sequence is breathtaking and most of the other set-pieces are spectacularly immersive as well, but there's a great deal of redundancy to Iñárritu's approach, like, we get it already, he's cold and starving, and it's exhausting and indulgent to a fault.