“Darkest Hour” is alright– until the plot turns painfully contrived and, frankly, baffling by the end. Gary Oldman is the only truly laudable part of this film, which drags on for far too long otherwise.
The Shape of Water is both harrowing and sensual: an idealistic fairytale and a portrayal of a universal, harsh reality.
Venice and Telluride snag Best Picture wins; Cannes, not so much.
Historic wins from Peele, Deakins, and del Toro; questionable misses for Lady Bird and Get Out.
Good lineup overall, but the race comes down to two difficult but necessary films in the current polarized climate.