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Alfonso Cuarón's 'Roma' is a Cinematic Masterpiece | Film Radar

Alfonso Cuarón's 'Roma' is a Cinematic Masterpiece | Film Radar

This isn’t our video, obviously, since we’re decidedly not on the ‘Roma’ bandwagon and feel it’s being over-hyped. However, many, many, many others disagree with us—which is fine!—since film criticism is a purely subjective endeavor and everyone has a right to their own opinion on what is good and what is not so good.

For the record, our ‘Roma’ review is as follows, and for a counterpoint, be sure to watch Film Radar’s video below:

There are a few undeniable things about 'Roma.' It's amongst the most gorgeously shot black and white films on record, which is all the more impressive considering Alfonso Cuarón serves as the film's writer, director, AND cinematographer. There's also no distinguishing between fiction and reality. In particular, the actors in the movie make this slice-of-life film feel like it's a documentary. And finally, if 'Roma' indeed goes on to win the Oscar for Best Picture--right now it's certainly a contender--it'll eventually be saddled with the reputation of being undeserving of the honor, much like 'Crash' or 'Shakespeare In Love.'

The bottom line is that no matter how vividly shot a picture may be (cough cough Terrence Malick), without an engaging plot, everything else is just cinematic masturbation.

Lastly, a point of privilege: one reviewer fawned over Alfonso Cuarón's camerawork, setting expectations rather high. However, while a number of sequences are indeed wonderfully shot, basic left-to-right or right-to-left pans aren't exactly innovative. For comparison, watch 'Shoplifters' while paying special attention to camera placement and movement. It's nothing short of extraordinary and likely the best camera work of any film this year.

Rating: 7.5/10

Alfonso Cuarón's "Roma" is a true cinematic masterpiece. A technical master, Cuarón uses every tool at his disposal to weave an intimate portrait of a family, a city, and a country.

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