Little Fish

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

There’s something quite beautiful about these stories, at first.

A beautiful, dystopian drama with an absolutely brilliant premise and high level execution. This visually and emotionally captivating film was shot using brilliant cinematography, complemented by bold direction from Hartigan in what hopefully becomes his breakout picture.

One would assume that Olivia Cooke would perform well in this film, but she exceeded all expectations. Her two best roles so far were in films that were released within the last 6 months (Sound of Metal & this). It’s safe to say Cooke is hitting her stride and has plenty more legendary performances to come. I wasn’t sure about the casting of Jack O’Connell as Jude, but he proved himself capable of displaying range and raw emotion. The chemistry between co-stars was impressive, to say the least, and the rest of the ensemble served as great support in telling this heart wrenching love story.

Other than leaning into the beautiful visuals a little bit more, and maybe showing more characters dealing with the disease, there’s not much I would change about this film. It may lack excitement at times, but it’s clear that every moment of the film is precise and executed with purpose. If a very well acted and directed film with contrasted concepts from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind sounds appealing to you, clear your evening and watch this picture tonight.

Added to Top 10 Films of 2021 Running List

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