With so many films devoted to the different aspects of parenthood, I’d never seen one so thoughtfully, so compassionately study the emotional needs of a child.
Joker is gripping and Joaquin Phoenix is phenomenal in it, but it puts its efforts in contextualizing violence without then having anything to say about it.
This is an odd film. Just under (under!) 90 minutes, with barely any dialogue, stretching over a period of at most two days, only a handful of characters and the briefest of backstories, it is so focused and so tightly wound that it comes and goes almost before you can get your bearings.
I don’t know what I expected from something titled “The Sisters Brothers”, but certainly not this movie. It is a Western through and through, but tonally it mixes drama with comedy and action with introspection.