There are only a few days left for the winners to be announced. the 95th edition of the Oscars. We have known all the nominated films for a long time and all the interested parties have surely already been updated to be able to speak with knowledge of the facts, which is just what we are going to do now.
below you will find the 10 nominees in the category of best film at the 2023 Oscars ordered from worst to best. It’s become a tradition, as I’ve already done it with both the 2022 applicants and the 2021 candidates. Obviously, this reflects my personal opinion only, so feel free to use the comments if you want to share your order. Without further adding, go for it.
10) ‘Avatar: The sense of water’ (‘Avatar: The Way of Water’)
Address: James Cameron Distribution: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet
The sequel to the highest-grossing film in history opted for a story with a similar structure so that James Cameron could continue exploring his passion for the seabed. An indisputable success at the box office but things are more complicated artistically, since it can become heavy and the viewer ends up tired long before ‘The sense of water’ show your best face during the last act. Let’s hope things pick up with ‘Avatar 3’, because this second installment is still a preparation for what is to come.
Review of ‘Avatar: The Sense of Water’
9) ‘They speak’ (‘Women Talking’)
Address: Sarah Polley Distribution: Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Judith Ivey, Ben Whishaw, Frances McDormand
The intentions are unbeatable, but the result is somewhat questionable. Sarah Polley He starts here from a novel inspired by a terrible real case to carry out a film in which ideas take precedence over everything else, to the point that it ends up being somewhat artificial in the allegory that he proposes. The actresses are quite good but in roles that are somewhat empty of humanity for the benefit of the message about toxic masculinity.
Review of ‘They Talk’
8) ‘The triangle of sadness’ (‘Triangle of Sadness’)
Address: Ruben Östlund Distribution: Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean, Dolly de Leon, Zlatko Buric, Iris Berben, Vicki Berlin, Henrik Dorsin, Jean-Christophe Folly, Amanda Walker, Oliver Ford Davies, Sunnyi Melles, Woody Harrelson
A satire made from a position of privilege and giving up any kind of subtlety in favor of a direct approach and a broad line. It suffers somewhat from its bulging footage, as it starts off strong and engages the viewer, then trails off a bit during the second act and picks up again during its last few minutes. Of course, what cannot be denied is that it is quite entertaining in general terms, but it may cause antipathy in a certain sector of the public.
Criticism of ‘The triangle of sadness’
Address: Baz Luhrmann Distribution: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge, Helen Thomson, Richard Roxburgh, Kelvin Harrison Jr., David Wenham, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Luke Bracey
An energetic biopic of the king of rock, very marked by the presence behind the scenes of Baz Luhrmann. In fact, the film cannot be understood without the seal that the director of ‘Moulin Rouge’ gives it, without this subtracting an iota of merit from the great performances of its two protagonists, with the script knowing how to play very well on which moments focus more on Austin Butler and in which the grotesque character of Tom Hanks it has to be the center of attention.
Criticism of ‘Elvis’
6) ‘Everything at once everywhere’ (‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’)
Address: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert Distribution: Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr., James Hong, Jamie Lee Curtis
The great favorite to win the jackpot of the night is a science fiction film that brims with imagination when it comes to dealing with a subject as stimulating as the multiverse. Full of moments to remember, it ends up tiring me a bit in its final stretch due to the excessive accumulation of ideas and situations, as if sometimes it wanted to delight more than necessary in everything it proposes. However, it is the great favorite and has swept all the major awards so far, so it would be a major surprise if it does not win the Oscar.
Criticism of ‘Everything at once everywhere’
5) ‘All Quiet on the Front’ (‘Im Westen nichts Neues’)
Address: Edward Berger Distribution: Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch, Daniel Brühl
New adaptation of the novel Erich Maria Remarque which already served as the basis for an acclaimed 1930 film of capital importance in the history of war cinema. However, here the referent seems to be more the recent success of ‘1917’, especially in certain technical matters and some staging decisions. Solid at all times, it is curious that when it shines the most it is in the intimate moments that allow us to get to know its protagonists a little more.
Review of ‘All Quiet on the Front’
4) ‘The Fabelmans’ (‘The Fabelmans’)
Address:Steven Spielberg Distribution: Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Gabriel LaBelle, Judd Hirsch
A film with autobiographical touches Steven Spielberg which is a love song to the cinema, but also a rather sad work that hides a much more discouraging reading of what it means to live your life through the seventh art. Directed with mastery, it is a pity that this type of proposal does not already connect too much with the public, since it is one of the few box office failures of its head.
Criticism of ‘The Fabelmans’
3) ‘Top Gun: Maverick’
Address: Joseph Kosinski Distribution: Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, Val Kilmer
The return of a mythical character who knows how to feed on nostalgia without falling prey to it. All this with a simple and direct story that joseph kosinski captures images in an impressive way, as it is one of those films that is enjoyed even more on the largest possible screen. And I don’t forget one Tom Cruise proving that right now there is no star like him in Hollywood.
Review of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’
Address: Todd Field Distribution: Cate Blanchett, Noémie Merlant, Nina Hoss, Sophie Kauer, Julian Glover, Allan Cordune, Mark Strong
A fascinating film that can be read simply with a daring reading of the culture of cancellation, but there is much more to scratch in it as soon as you stop to think about the multitude of details that appear throughout its bulky footage. Of course the exceptional interpretation of cate blanchett It shines with its own light, but it also has a hypnotic component that makes you follow carefully everything it proposes. And it’s even better when you keep thinking about it long after you’ve seen it.
Criticism of ‘Tár’
1) ‘Souls in pain of Inisherin’ (‘The Banshees of Inisherin’)
Address: Martin McDonagh Distribution: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan
A sensational tragicomedy about a broken friendship (although there are also other symbolisms out there that enrich the film) that is based on the impeccable script of Martin McDonald and the excellent performances of its four leads. It’s a deeply sad movie, but I also find a lot more humor in it than I ever expected, and it’s all beautifully balanced.
Criticism of ‘Inisherin’s Banshees’
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