While I still think I need time to come to terms with the movie, I feel like I currently can’t come to any other conclusion than: I’m crazy about it. Hell, I saw the opening Thursday showing and then felt as if I had no choice but to see it again the next night. This was a once in a lifetime experience.
I don’t know how to compare it against other movies. I’ve got a very solid 2017 top 3, and then there’s mother!, which is a thing unto itself. Hopefully time brings clarity, without taking this feeling from me.
Across two viewings I had 4 walkouts which constituted less than 25%, but possibly more than 10%, of attendees. At the second viewing there was a lone woman to my left who occasionally made audible her dissatisfaction with the movie, and as we got to the beginning of the pregnant siege I leaned over to her and told her she should leave and ask for a refund because she would only hate it more. A few moments passed and she asked why I would watch it again, to which I could only reply, “I liked it.” She stayed till the end, left before me, and I was never to see her again.