I thought the asphalt was going to melt my shoes. We were lined up for over an hour to get into the back lot of Grimey’s. The stage was set, but we had still two hours to go before Jason Isbell was going to play his new album.
The best things in life come at a cost, and unlike Captain Marvel (or even Captain America), we only get one life to live spend on them. When Dr. Strange held one finger up to Tony signifying the 1:14,000,000 scenario of this battle ending in victory, it was significant because it meant Tony had to lose.
The climax of the movie is early, and it is the best ten minutes had in a movie theater this year. The Shallow performance was used as a marketing tool, a trailer, a hit song, and more than anything, it is the thesis for the movie. It is the axis by which this movie turns, and Cooper’s visual language shows us that Jackson Maine gladly descends into the background as Ally ascends to center stage. Both are fulfilled by each other and the roles they play in each other’s lives.
The success of MMM is its ability to tell the story of disparate individuals tied together by common bonds and do it with patience and empathy. Even the villains aren't really villains, and we want the best for them. And the protagonists, we cheer on and laugh with like we're sitting in a comedy club.
Despite they dynamic character complexities, I'd argue the reason the show succeeds is it's visual and sonic aesthetic. The start of every show, there is a short jazz melody and a variety of visuals accompanying the Seattle skyline lasting just mere seconds. It's short, pleasant, and propels the show into an ongoing narrative with pregnant pauses as if it were a radio show (or play).
We don't much know how to grow old in our society. It isn't expressed well or often. Maybe because #content is infinitely found in the mistakes of youth, who really have no idea what they're doing. It is difficult to make new art when the ancient truths of the human condition can be replayed over and over. It's popular to say, "I'm searching," but it's not popular to say, "I've found the answer." The Golden Girls have their (cheese)cake and eat it, too.
The movie's title is another ironic play, this time on the title of Walt Disney's planned city in Central Florida. It was to be an urban utopia where housing, work, play, and transportation were all provided. It was to be called EPCOT, but it's code name was The Florida Project. Instead of that, Sean Baker is saying The Florida Project is Disney's legacy instead.