Weekly Round-Up: 9/8 – 9/14

“The Goldfinch” (2019) flops

I was really looking forward to watching The Goldfinch, released Sept. 13. While I haven’t read Donna Tartt’s novel, on which the film is based, I had heard nothing but good things about it and felt sure the movie would live up to its expectations. Yet, all the reviews I have read about it, including this one from IndieWire, have dubbed it “one of the years dullest films.” Despite its all-star cast and talented director at the helm (John Crowley, known best for Brooklyn (2015)), The Goldfinch sounds like an utter disappointment.

Joaquin Phoenix and Joker (2019)

I recently read this fascinating profile of Joaquin Phoenix in the New York Times about his latest role as the Joker in the upcoming film of the same name. He is someone I have long admired for his roles in films like The Master (2012), Her (2013), and You Were Never Really Here (2017). In this article, he explains how he is choosey about what roles he accepts and how he tries to be “underexposed” and stay out of the limelight. Listening to him explain his manifestation of the Joker, I cannot wait to see the upcoming film, released Oct. 4.

Jojo Rabbit (2019) coming soon

I’ve never seen a film by Taika Waititi (sorry Devin) but his upcoming Jojo Rabbit looks like one I’ll definitely have to add to my list. It centers on a young German boy, part of the Hitler youth, whose imaginary friend is Hitler, played by Waititi himself. When he meets a young Jewish girl, he must come to terms with his nationalism as well as his feelings about her. While it could become just another movie about the Holocaust, Jojo Rabbit looks much funnier than other similar films. In one scene, the imaginary best friend Hitler is eating a unicorn head for dinner, because why not. The film comes out Oct. 19, and I can’t wait to see it.

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