Other Movies Seen By This Director (2)
- All is Lost
- Margin Call
|04.25.15||Netflix|| I really liked JC Chandor's first two films and heard this was good. I think it's a weird and bold take to name the movie A Most Violent Year and make it about a business deal. Of course it's about more than that, but it did take me the whole movie to realize that this story was also a kind of treatise on violence itself. I respect that, but I also kind of think that NYC 1981 has tons of stories to offer and this is not the best from that particular well.|
But, judging the film for what it was instead of what it could have been, it's well-made and rich in character. I couldn't help but compare it to Killing Them Softly because I got the same feeling from it: An understated moment in an otherwise showy career. Certainly not bad, well executed, period in a nuanced way, but also not the showcase that All is Lost was.