“This may not ascend to the highs of Bohemian Rhapsody. It deserves to, though. We don’t have a martyr here. We have a survivor who moved past the stage of needing love from those who’d never give it to him. What he finds is a way to be his own friend. From there, he woke up to the world and embraced it. As he let it embrace him.”
#astarisborn “If you are tired of the trope where one star rises and another star falls, I think you should still see this film. It’s better than any film I have seen this year by a long shot. That’s likely because it’s filled with several moments that are just one weakness shy of being perfect. Like life.”
James does the character a fair tribute. This film succeeds largely due to her great impression of Streep’s original interpretation. Like the best retracings of characters, though, she paints enough outside the lines so we get to enjoy some amount of growth, even if we know where her story leads. Lily James deserves better than a sequel like this, even if she helps to elevate it to an above average film.
In an era when trans-humanism has become so prevalent in the media, it’s a wonder to go back a century and see people come out of the shadows of society that human nature had placed upon them. These we’re people looking to evolve. They were already pushed outside of the normal human box. They didn’t necessarily want to get back into that box, either. They just wanted love, like every person does. This shows us how much everyone deserves it.
If you like the elements of a musical, the artist staying true to their dream and romance, you will like and possibly love this film. I am firmly in the former category.
If you like coming of age movies, you will like this film. If you like movies featuring music that aren’t “musicals” where characters spontaneously break into song for no damn reason, you will like this film. If you still have hope in humanity, you will like this film. If you like any combination of the above, your feelings will come closer to what Conor feels for Raphina.
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