It is a perfectly modulated, beautiful piece of work. The stakes of that scene were so well-done that you really did fear that the old man would return to try and have his way, or at least I did. Some of our greatest films achieve their greatness by presenting us with characters who feel completely fully-realized and three-dimensional. Directed by Baker from a screenplay he wrote with Chris Bergoch, The Florida Project stars Willem Dafoe and a bunch of wonderful newcomers: Brooklyn Kimberly Prince, Bria Vinaite, Valeria Cotto, Christopher Rivera, and Caleb Landry Jones. He smokes a cigarette and the movie never shows him again. Personally, I would still place A Ghost Story, Beach Rats, Good Time, and Get Out ahead of it. This drama focuses on the everyday life of a six-year-old girl as she tries to make the best of things while the adults in her life continue to make messes.
It was almost as if there was a camera on me and my friends. I'm done trying with you. And the amazing thing is, we the audience have a real, tangible reference for the Disney World fantasy the girls enter into. There are any number of movies about the inevitability of childhood disillusionment; here is a movie that affirms the worthiness of preserving a child's innocence, that believes in it enough to puncture its own objectivity. The movie is about these kids who live, play, and laugh in spite of their objectively terrible living conditions. I can't do this anymore.
Similar to this movie, Winnie the Pooh is a series of childlike adventures that reveal the sweet innocence of a child who surrounds himself with the simple wonders of soul-nourishing play. This was much better than Blade Runner 2049. In fact, I lived there with him for the summer when I was 17 while I worked at Disney. An incredible movie all around. Even Bobby is shown pecking away at his keyboard or remodeling the motel multiple times. The way he just casually walks away once child services arrives, you know he's done this too many times to count. The bikini photos had me thinking she was putting herself on the internet, then the shots of Moonee in the bath solidified it for me.
The movie eventually does make it explicit, but the visual storytelling was very smart. It felt similar to Lucky, both dramadies with uncertain, interesting stories. I'm also very curious about others' thoughts on the scene with the dude creeping on the kids. It just edges out Get Out for me, which is crazy that that came out so early in the year it barely feels like a 2017 movie. Throughout the film we see her live her for lack of a better term idyllic life at the motel, where she's sheilded from the real issues surrounding her life by her mother e. I was fortunate that my mother was so better equipped than Halley.
The rest of the film was fucking beautiful, but to me, a film's end is it's conceit. Having spent her entire life relegated to the sidelines, always knowing this place existed but never having the chance to go, turned it into her personal Eden that was never attainable. Were I to be honest, I liked Lucky more. He's a masterful director who just makes you live in these worlds in such a startling way. I would argue that an unambiguous downer ending would be more realistic, but less in keeping with the heart of the rest of the movie. Also comedic Floridaman type plots a la Carl Haaisan. They obviously couldn't run away and sneak into Disneyland but it was her fantasy.
The park closes at night. In the end, when Moonee's friend is walking back home and they have that shaky shot of her on the empty road, I was actually terrified that he was going to come back. The Big Sick Comedian Kumail Nanjiani and comedy writer Emily V. I love what a father figure he was to these lonesome people yet he also had to be stern and cold due to the nature of his job. The Florida Project absolutely sings as a visual achievement, and not only as that. The bikini photos had me thinking she was putting herself on the internet, then the shots of Moonee in the bath solidified it for me. Moonee is Moonee because Halley is Halley, and they each form new allegiances, and lose them, on a practically hourly basis.
Go see it right now! Of course, logistical choices can also be aesthetic, but I would advise anyone choosing their own interpretation of the ending not to put too much stock in the change in cinematography. What a fucking gut punch. And a wish-fulfillment ending wouldn't do that. I was really curious if people would be laughing at the maybe pedophile and cheering on Dafoe, when really it was just an ugly situation all around. The actor's performance is good, the character just represents a storybook cliche of what a molester looks and acts like. The cinematography was vibrant and alive with the colors and tagging along on these kids' adventures. In the same way that it felt like robbery to deprive Christopher Robin of the emotional tools of childhood play, this felt wrong, even while I understood it might be necessary.
And then, yeah, like you said, Willem DaFoe telling off that way was a really great way to add that not-so-subtle subtly to the situation. The three women — with a little help from William Billy Crudup , a mechanic who also lives in the boarding house — share their experiences with Jamie. As painful as it he realizes at this point Moonee isn't safe with her mom. It was soul crushing to see her raise moonie that way. A cheap Florida motel run by Bobby Willem Dafoe is largely filled with the hidden homeless, families who lead a precarious existence without secure accommodation.
He did the ambient musical ending before too, in Starlet. He uses an iPhone camera to capture the immediacy and desperation of Moonee's retreat. This reached a climax when the mom and daughter go to the fancy hotel and eat the free food from the buffet, and we focus in on the pure joy and wonder and beauty of the girl eating the food - there's a case made here that the real secret to happiness and justice and beauty in the world is to redistribute the wealth of the rich to the poor. I've listed only a few examples, but really, they're everywhere. It fell out of step with how the rest of the movie is. No matter what your circumstances are, no matter how bad your day was, there is nothing so bad that Disney World can't make all of your problems disappear for a while.
The ending shot on the castle at Magic Kingdom is a far more powerful fantastical element than ending on a door closing or people leaving a parking lot. The bleak film was shot on a very low budget in and around Orlando, including some scenes which were secretly shot at Disney World using a cell phone camera. Using an iPhone, something everybody in the real world has an opportunity to use and how we photograph and record everyday events in the 'true' world. The show actually made me pretty sick. Maybe if I knew Florida and Disneyworld culture better I would have connected more with this, I pretty much love the movie and the final sequence is the kind of go for broke guerilla filmmaking that has made Baker one of my favorite directors. And of course, it doesn't actually happen. What impresses me about Sean Baker is that he has this sort of pop-verite style where he combines a very docu-style narrative approach with bright, flashing, poppy colors.