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Carnival Row (2019)
Fresh, alluring, unexpected - I was hooked immediately
The acting is surprisingly good, especially from Bloom, who demonstrates nuance and restraint. The setting is fun and fresh, with strikingly dark undertones appropriate for this fantasy / neo noir. Overall I loved it. The script was marvelous. The plot was complex at times, and all the threads come seamlessly together in the end. Can't wait for S2.
Basic storytelling violated for the sake of "art" or something
Jake Gyllenhaal has insane acting range. Every single scene, by itself, with him in it is explosive, gripping, tense.
- Jake Gyllenhaal isn't in a significant portion of the movie
- I can't tell who the main character is. I suppose it's the boy, but he never makes a single decision to impact the story. He passively observes everything that's happening around him with no will or power to stop or change anything.
- The mother is the single most dislikable character I've seen recently, and ironically, oocupies the most screen time and has the most lines. Nothing she says resonates, or is belivable.
Unless you're a Jake Gyllenhaal fanboy, or are really really bored, this is a must miss.