Sunday, March 29, 2020

Where'd You Go, Bernadette



Another underrated Linklater, with the underrating this time enhanced by multiple (four) reschedules of the theatrical premiere and no festival exposure whatsoever. "Enhanced," because it's a personal film that mixes class and romantic comedy with drama; contains prime intelligent lengthy Linklaterian discourse (Blanchett and Fishburne intercut with Crudup and Greer) on the vicissitudes of artistic integrity and mid-life crisis; plays its action out in exclusively drizzly settings (with Pittsburgh standing in for most of the Seattle-set interiors and some exteriors); and features a remarkable actress, the young Emma Nelson, wise beyond her years and light-years beyond the stupid teen portrayals of Olivia Wilde's Booksmart. Its art-design is also tremendously beautiful, which at some point in the last decades became a liability, for such things are "not realistic." Like Everybody Wants Some!! [2016], a beautiful entry in Linklater's body of work. See this when you can.


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