Figured I'd make a spoiler thread, I'm going to do my Letterboxd thing with it later or whatever since it's still raw, so I'll just start with a general question that I kept coming back to during the viewing: Is You Were Never Really Here #FratBoyCinema ?
I'd have to look at the dates and everything, but I would assume it's the first 'great' entry in the #FBC canon since Drive, though I feel like this won't reach as far as the NWR film because the style here and overall way it has the central character grapple with his inner turmoil and trauma is too overt to entirely glorify in the way one can while ignoring the actual menace of Gosling's Driver. But it has a number of characteristics of #FBC and I think does make a strong case for standing atop the mountain, so to speak. There are deeper questions about it and #FBC at large I'd like to explore, namely how Ramsay situates herself in the larger conversation and how big of an influence NWR's film had on this one (I get the Taxi Driver comparisons as well, and I think it can be argued that film is also #FBC though I'm trying to focus on comparing this to other good films), but not in the mood for that at the present moment. Also need to make a list or something and see if Ramsay is the first woman to make a bonafide #FBC film, and what that may say especially if this one does somehow reverberate in the way that Drive has in the years since its release (it won't, but still...). Also, this film's also really good.