Category: Film

Review: Paddington 2

Review: Paddington 2

About twenty minutes in to Paddington 2, the titular bear, falsely imprisoned for theft, stares into a jailhouse washing machine to find a red sock floating among black and white striped uniforms. “What’s the worst that can happen,” Paddington asks himself as the camera pulls back from the bear’s face, through the tumbling clothes before … Continue reading Review: Paddington 2

Review: Mudbound

Review: Mudbound

In Mudbound‘s opening scene, two white brothers Henry (Jason Clarke) and Jamie McAllen (Garrett Hedlund) dig their father’s grave while a storm thunders towards them. But when he uncovers the remains of a runaway slave, Henry insists they move, refusing to bury his Klansman father Pappy (Jonathan Banks) in a slave’s grave. The film cuts … Continue reading Review: Mudbound

Three Billboards’ Angry Prayer

Three Billboards’ Angry Prayer

In my most recent piece for Think Christian, I wrote about Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I initially loved the movie, completely taken by the movie's audacity and Frances McDormand's amazing performance as Mildred Hayes. As I chewed on it, the movie's choppy storytelling and nihilistic humor bothered me more and more, and … Continue reading Three Billboards’ Angry Prayer

Review: The Shape of Water

Review: The Shape of Water

In her role as Elisa Esposito, the mute cleaner who falls in love with the Amphibian Man (Doug Jones) held in the government facility where she works, Sally Hawkings conveys passion and compassion without uttering a word. This feat is particularly impressive because Elisa shares several scenes with Richard Strickland, a cold war era government … Continue reading Review: The Shape of Water