Our JETSS team in Cannes has been non-stop since setting foot in France. Along with the pleasure of covering the prestigious festival we’ve been invited to watch some of the most popular and highly anticipated films screening this year. Here are a few quick reviews buzzing around those films:
The Sea of Trees directed by Gus Van Sant has been getting its share of controversy with many audience members booing and hissing at the screen. However, according to blog site’ Cannes,’ Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts did not deserve the criticism they received during the premier. Many critics have called this one of the worst films by McConaughey.
The audience learns about the characters back story and really feel the pain of a broken marriage and as the film goes on they learn how and why the love still exists. What made the movie so insightful was how right they got the dark side of relationships. Overall, the movie was emotional and very well shot. It is a pretty slow movie and seemed to lose a few people in the audience. It’s good writing and beautiful cinematography.
Inside Out by Disney-Pixar, the animated film about all of these emotions we have in our head like joy, anger, fear, sadness and disgust. It travels into the mind of a young girl named Riley, and portrays each emotion as their own person. Anger naturally shoots fire out of his head, and sadness and always blue. Per usual, Pixar found a way to relate to younger children while still giving the adults surprising humor and relation to the film.
Sicario directed by Denis Villeneuve Villeneuve is his new masterpiece, and it is “better than good.” This action packed gripping crime drama that features Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benecio Del Toro is exceptional across the board and potentially has some Oscar nominations coming its way. The film reportedly got a [seven minute standing ovation] at its premier. Blunt’s lead performance as a distraught FBI officer, morally skeptical of some techniques used in their missions to overhaul the Mexican cartel is a powerful one. Del Toro isn’t overshadowed either as his enigmatic character leaves the audience guessing throughout the film. Roger Deakin’s truly outdid himself though with his cinematography.
Tale of Tales directed Matteo Garrone. Salma Hayek is not a mother to mess with. The film interweaves three separate story lines book-ended by brief bits in which Italians Alba Rohrwacher and Massimo Ceccherini play a street circus family; Hayek plays a jealous queen who forfeits her husband’s life. And the third, Vincent Cassel plays a king whose passion is stoked by two mysterious sisters. The tension throughout makes the movie worth seeing.