Trite and and certainly not fantastic
- A Fantastic Woman review by JB
A film much vaunted by critics and the award ceremonies, but having watched it I'm struggling to understand why. Marina's story of discrimination and ostracisation in the face of a society that struggles to deal with her gender identity is worthy enough in terms of where its sympathies lie and what it's trying to critique, but there's so little real depth here. So being a transgender woman draws a great deal of prejudice and intolerance from other people - it's hardly an earth shattering revelation. The central performance is also rather wooden and unconvincing. It's hard to really sympathise with Marina, because she never comes across as a real, three dimensional person - instead she simply seems to be a rather crude mechanism through which to deliver laudable but simplistic messages.
A missed opportunity which I suspect gleaned so many awards and positive reviews because of its 'brave' subject matter and admirably liberal intentions - sadly these things are not enough to make it a good film. Perhaps in a world obsessed with virtue signalling most critics felt duty-bound to tell everyone else how great they thought it was!
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Hard to categorise but worth a watch.
- A Fantastic Woman review by DB
I have to say I enjoyed the movie ( I do hesitate to say this because its a movie that witnesses a a family reeling from the unexpected death of a loved one and whats to enjoy about that ? ) but it is a reminder that movies can be about anything the film makers want and if they do it well then that movie will likely find an audience. This movie is done well and if you make/watch movies then that's not a bad lesson to learn.
The fact that the main subject of the movie is trans does seem to have occupied an enormous amount of attention in the reviews - I don't know why really I never felt it was that important. It provides a useful plot device that makes it easy for the family to exhibit anger, fear and denial ( all stages in grief , which as I have said is what the movie is really all about ) but the film maker could just as easily have chosen some other hook to snag societal intolerance upon ( a more conventional gay relationship perhaps or a mixed race or religion relationship, age , financial status etc ) and the movie could have proceeded on broadly identical lines. It certainly got the movie attention and if you are trying to sell a movie there is nothing wrong with that.
If you are looking for a movie 'about the trans experience' though I have to say I think you are missing the point.
Had a decent soundtrack too , special thanks to re-introducing me to 'Time' by The Alan Parsons Project - a song we don't hear often enough :-)
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