Does this film live up to the hype as one of the funniest this year? Is it worthy of being seriously considered for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film? Yes it is.
Be patient. The film is well over 2 and a half hours, but doesn’t feel it at all. It begins slowly and leisurely as Director/Writer Karen Ade draws us into the lives of practical joking piano teacher, Winifred, and his hard-driving business consultant daughter, Ines. Sandra Hüller delivers one of the most fearless performances you will ever see. She runs through the gamut of emotions as her father shows up at the most crucial moments and puts her under unbelievable stress until she finally let’s loose in some of the most outrageous and funny scenes that had us howling.
This is a movie conceived during the 1960’s that Director Raoul Peck (Lumumba, Sometimes in April) shows, in light of the state of Civil Rights in America today, is still, unfortunately all too relevant. This is like a refresher course in civil rights brought to the fore by the killings of black youths and the Black Lives Matter movement.
There may be no singing, but plenty of strategic choreography in this film. Sequels usually don’t get much love, but Director Chad Stahelski has taken his winning formula of the original John Wick and amped up the car chases, gun battles, and the overall body count.