Goose Egg Marathon Film #4Children of Men(2006, Alfonso Cuarón)
I had a feeling I was going to start running out of superlatives about halfway through this marathon.
This is a fabulous film. No doubt the bleakest film I think I've ever seen - probably #1 now on my list of one-timers....Of course, that being said I watched it twice
. I'm going to try not to pick spoilerific screenshots, but it's going to be pretty hard!
It's hard to talk about this film without comparing it to two others: Minority Report and District 9 - both taking place in not so distant future, each using a stunningly gritty style and (well I guess just two to be exact) taking a pretty frightening dystopic view...I'll save the debate for a future discussion, but suffice to say it was hard to ignore making these comparisons while watching the film.
Right off the top, the most impressive thing is the staggeringly long and ambitious one-take scenes. At around the 1/3 mark there is an incredibly long take in which a car is being ambushed. The 2nd time I watched this I was stunned by the amount of choreography. I usually don't like to watch extra features on films until I've had years to absorb them - but I do cheat from time to time. This time my curiousity got the best of me. The rig they put together to film that scene was pretty impressive.
Also impressive - and a huge surprise was Clive Owen who, to this point, I'd only scene in bad romcoms. He carries this film in a way that I'm struggling to think of someone more perfect. He had to pull off disinterested slacker, unintentional hero and deeply emotionally scared. I think he pulled this all off beautifully.
The set design was incredible. And because the subject of the lens is not the beauty we see on display in other futuristic films I have to give tons of credit to the cinematography, because this film made bad look really great.
Man I'm pretty impressed with this film. I admit I had to leave the house and take a walk through the neighborhood after this. It was a bit much to absorb. Starting on my walk I got reacquainted with a world not yet collapsed. I took a few deep breaths!
The soundtrack was pretty cool. I was especially shocked hearing Court of the Crimson King! Awesome.
You have GOT to love this Pink Floyd homage:
Lastly - the style of this, were so little was explained of the extraneous world. It never broke character off the perspective of Theo. I really appreciated the craftsmanship and adherence to self imposed rules. The director obviously respects his craft quite a bit - and for his showing off I am nonetheless really impressed.
Another great film. Another great Filmspotter recommendation!!