Waves (2019)
First screened in November 2019
Director: Trey Edward Shults. Cast: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Taylor Russell, Sterling K. Brown, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Alexa Demie, Lucas Hedges, Clifton Collins Jr., Vivi Pineda, Neal Huff, David Garelik, Bill Wise, Albert Link, Holland Hayes, Krisha Fairchild, Harmony Korine. Screenplay: Trey Edward Shults.

Twitter Capsule: Exciting, upsetting, rewarding frictions among hyperbolic story, all-caps style, and patient, sensitive characterization.

Second Capsule: Quite a hard film to react to quickly, with lots to debate. I would understand many kinds of responses but it really moved and impressed me.

Third Capsule: Taylor Russell's performance is a sad, fragile gem at first. As it goes, the movie shows enormous investment in her, and she blooms. Lovely.

VOR:   Exceptional risks, in story, structure, and style. Earns, I think, its most inflammatory arcs and story beats by giving them serious layers.

Photo © 2019 A24/Focus Features/Universal Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

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