So I just finished watching another of the Best Picture nominees for 2019, Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma…
Roma tells the story of Cleo, a maid for a wealthy family in Mexico. After getting pregnant, and her boyfriend leaving her shortly thereafter, she must not only deal with her pregnancy, but also the drama ensuing among the family she works for.
A deeply personal, intimate, and beautiful look at the chaos of motherhood and working class life in Mexico.
Brilliant script, amazing characters and performances (Yalitza Aparicio was fantastic as Cleo), brilliant cinematogrpahy and gorgeous imagery, intelligent discussion of ideas, etc.
Once again, Cuaron shows why he, as a technical filmmaker, stands above and beyond most of his contemporaries. Beautifully framed and timed shots and sequences convey character development, themes, and symbolism with startling brilliance and class.
If I had to criticise it, the first half or so of the movie is a bit slow, and it really doesn’t pick up until the second, so it’s definitely not for everyone. I myself am a fan of slow burns, but not everyone is, so there’s your warning.
Overall though, this is a brilliant and gorgeous film made by one of the best directors out there. One of the best of 2018, and a shoe in for best picture. Highly recommended.
9.5 out of 10