Top 2018 Movies NOT Reviewed: You Were Never Really Here
When I saw the trailer for Lynne Ramsays You Were Never Really Here, I knew it was going to be gritty and dramatic. But it far exceeded my expectations when I experienced it for the first time on the 59th day with Moviepass as it was not just gritty and dramatic but also intense and intimate and gnarly. All while painting a picture of our lead characters sad life exhibited by Joaquin Phoenix as a Special Forces Vet turned professional hitman/thug while taking care of his elderly mother, both who have survived a lifetime of (domestic) violence.
While I think this movie is one of the best movies we've seen it 2018 it's not going to be in contention for the Oscars for this one simple detail: is it already made its Cannes Film Festival debut in May of 2017. In fact it already made several film festival appearances before it's official theatrical debut in France November of 2017 under the name: A Beautiful Day
With its Sundance debut in Jan of 2018, this was in a unique position to be nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for many Golden Globes. And if Im misunderstanding their timeline for contention, this movie was again snubbed for any Golden Globe nominations this year as well.
Add that to the fact that while its official US debut was April 2018, its still listed as a 2017 movie because of its Nov release in France.
Kush, stop talking politics and start talking about how good this movie is again.
The movie gets compared a lot to Taxi Driver or at least it was at the beginning of its 2018 run. And I can see that their however Taxi Driver was trying to make a political statement whereas I think Lynn Ramsey was just trying to tell a very small story about these unique characters that somehow came into her life. I would say that most of this movies 89 minute runtime involved me sitting on the edge of my seat and holding my breath as I watch these events of justified violence unfold before my eyes.
As horrific as Joaquin Phoenixs actions are in this movie you find yourself not only agreeing with his motives but you approve of them. And for those of you out there with weak stomachs, the violence in this is very surprising, very shocking. But is the violence that we don't see off screen that's most likely worse. That is violence that sticks with you in your imagination as you walk out of the theater while the credits are rolling, kind of in disbelief a times.
I would give Lynn Ramsey's You Were Never Really here, a very strong five out of six blueberries.
This movie had a dramatic transition for its title depending on what continent it was on.