LIFF31 2017 #5
"Joe, wake up. It's a beautiful day".
"You Were Never Really Here" is a cold and brutal revenge story that isn't for everybody. Wasn't a slow burn or the usual art house film you'd expect. The story is straight forward; we see a suicidal, possibly sexual abused veteran trying to rescue a missing girl from sex slavery, but it's presentation is different. After it was over, I struggle to collect my thoughts and needed to take time to suck all the details.
But the more I think about it, the more I like and appreciate it. Themes play a big part, instead of plot. Leaving you to fill in the gapes. This might be frustrating for some people.
Joaquin Phoenix was amazing, as usual. The way he portrays a soft and rough person with a long history of violence told through his eyes. Phoenix was extraordinary to watch. You can feel the sweat, blood, and tears come off the screen in a couple of scenes.
Lynne Ramsay manges to build up this atmosphere and anxiety through her excellent directing. Even the on/off-screen violence made the film's energy of brutality so uncombable. Mixed with Jonny Greenwood's vicious and tense soundtrack. Of course the trashy and beautiful cinematography, only adds to the dream-like feel of it.
Issues I had with the film (which are small) is how too simply the storyline is or the flashback scenes could have been executed a little better. That's really it, to be honest.
Overall rating: Interesting look on the new "Taxi Driver".
Swing away Merrill...swing away
1 / 2 directing & technical aspect0 / 1 story1 / 1 act I1 / 1 act II1 / 1 act III1 / 1 acting1 / 1 writing0 / 1 originality0 / 1 lasting ability to make you think
0 / 1 misc
6 out of 10
Man, did they F with the wrong guy.
Considering how fascinating the first two acts were, the final one was really disappointing
The visual and audio design of this movie wil make you feel uncomfortable for the whole 90 minutes of playtime, but it's totally worth it. Joaquin Phoenix is absolutely amazing and his performance gave me the chills more than once.
This one will never be forgotten. Its richness lies in the silent details.
"McCleary said you were brutal."
Joaquin Phoenix truly is brutal in this film. He gives a fantastic performance of this quiet and unhinged man for hire. Some beautiful cinematography and one of Johnny Greenwood's best scores makes this a beautiful watch. The editing is also amazing, what they show on an off screen really made the plot vague enough that we can fill it ourselves. The whole time while watching this I was uneasy but in a good way. Lynne Ramsay has another excellent film
"Joe, wake up. It's a beautiful day."
I found it interesting overall but am not ashamed to admit I also found it a little hard to follow exactly what was going on in places. Maybe it's up to the audience to decide? The details seemed murky. The movie tries to shock you in places and to be different. This is refreshing but may also lose its way in doing so. Regardless of the other plot details it's clearly a story of revenge.
I did not really find it that similar to Taxi Driver or Drive in terms of cinematography or soundtrack, the main similarity of course is the protective male loner type character. As with De Niro and Gosling, Joaquin Phoenix was powerful and convincing.
Saw it at the Fantasy Film Fest White Nights. I really like the ending, last 2 minutes
It's the story of a twisted man on a rescue mission, and he's driven there by his demons. Startling, passionate and intense, the film is a series of long, winding passages punctuated with exclamation points. "You Were Never Really Here" is the sort of film you want to applaud when it ends.