Thursday, March 16, 2023

Rodeo (2022) plays the First Look Festival 2023 tonight and hits theaters tomorrow


Impulsive and fiery young woman who loves motorcycles falls in with a group of riders who are also into robbery.

I am torn about this film. A stunning cast and a great story is completely wrecked by cinematography that is much too up close and personal. The camera work is largely hand held images and racking shots  that are either too close to the action and the faces or seemingly flailing all over the place that we never get a sense of where we are and what is happening. I don’t care how hip and happening or real and raw it’s supposed to look , the fact is we don’t see the world like its in the film We are not in everyone’s face.  We don’t see the world bouncing around, our brains smooth things out.  

It didn’t bother me  so much as pissed me off.  I wanted to see the story, I wanted to see the characters. This is one of the best ensemble casts I’ve run across in a long time but we really can’t see them acting with each other we kind of see things or just faces.

I want a do over with a better cinematographer not a guy with an iPhone and a jello arm.

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