The Square, 2017 – ★★★½

Thanks to the Tyneside Cinema I got the chance to see this year’s Palme d’Or winner months before its official release. I didn’t know too much about it but the description piqued my interest.

It was a promising start. There were two strong themes being explored; freedom of speech and morality. These were interwoven through stories surrounding the professional and personal life of Christian, the artistic director of Stockholm’s modern art museum. It was immediately clear that the audience was there to be challenged. With every decision Christian had to make I asked myself – what would I have done? I was engrossed.

About two thirds of the way through, after probably the most shocking sequence of the film, things started to unravel. The thread of the film got lost and it became a series of disjointed scenes loosely held together by their connection to our leading man. This was disappointing and unfortunately that’s the overall feeling I took away from the film. While the themes and ideas were thought provoking sadly the execution let them down.

Vía Letterboxd – ekcragg

Hacksaw Ridge, 2016 – ★★★½

Since The Passion of the Christ I have come to expect to be challenged by films directed by Mel Gibson. The first half of Hacksaw Ridge lulled me into a false sense of security. We see Desmond Doss tackling the challenges of a childhood with a drunk for a dad, growing into an upstanding member of the community and falling in love. It was hard not to get swept away in the romance of it but I knew war was coming.

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