Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year that once the nominees were announced, everyone knew that this award was a shoe-in and lock for one of these men. The other four can just be content that they were at least nominated.
5. Adam McKay
4. Yorgos Lanthimos
3. Paweł Pawlikowski
2. Spike Lee
1. Alfonso Cuarón
5. Vice – Bale is mesmerizingly creepy in the title role and gets totally lost in the role. The story works quite well in order to give us a clear picture of how things played out over the course of his rise to power. McKay’s approach to dumbing down the story for the viewer works a bit better here than it did in The Big Short (2016), but something still is missing that would have made this film even more engaging and enjoyable. Supporting cast work quite well in capturing some of the personalities of characters who are known to everyone due to their exposure in politics.
4. Cold War – Average love story that works despite the fact that it doesn’t manage to give us a story that feels as if the characters are truly in love with one another. The cinematography is brilliantly set and we get some great shots throughout the film that are really nice to take in. Unfortunately, the biggest problem here is the story which is a bit too choppy and doesn’t manage to stay interesting because it jumps around way too much and doesn’t let the characters develop enough along the way.
3. The Favourite – Very interesting and unique idea to show how politics and power could affect women in the 18th Century. The power plays by these characters work very well and they all try to find ways to outdo the others in order to keep as much control as they can on the matters of state. The cast is great and Colman, Weisz and Stone are all graet here, but the story is told too much like a comedy and that takes away from being able t take things very serious like it should. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Lanthimos and his hand is much too apparent in many of the things done in this film which takes away from enjoying it even more.
2. Roma – This is a very good film especially visually, but there is way too much hype calling it one of the best films ever made. The story itself moves at a very slow pace which is tolerable if you know to expect it, but the attempt to try and imitate life with this story just doesn’t work as amazingly as predicted. From a technical perspective, this film is wondrous to watch and listen to and its easy to see how everything is carefully and expertly chosen by Cuarón. A film like this needs to actually have something happen that is interesting and despite a few great scenes it feels more like a set of vignettes where some work better than others than a masterpiece in film making and storytelling.
1. BlacKkKlansman – Great film that works on numerous levels. The story is so unbelievable yet the fact that it’s based on truth makes it even more powerful. The film is slightly ruined by the epilogue which tuns things too political instead of letting the story itself sink in for what it’s trying to say about America and how things haven’t changed in 150 years, anyone watching it knows that the same is unfortunately true for today but there is no need to try and politicize that notion. Washington is amazing in the lead role and shows that he has what it takes to be a great actor and might even be better one day than his father
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – No Question About it! AC was a lock once everyone saw the (supposed) masterpiece in film making which he puts together quite well even if the story and narrative are both lacking.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!