How do you get out of the shadow of a billion dollar? The first film produced by the Russo Brothers following their record-breaking superhero epic Avengers: Endgame is something of a declaration it is a proof that the filmmakers of this group can make a move to adult-oriented, esoteric content without the need for magical stones. But while their scope has certainly narrowed here — the stakes only relate to one dude, rather than the entire universe — this is still ambitious material in a different way to Endgame, adapting a sprawling semi-autobiographical novel written (from prison) by former soldier Nico Walker.
There's a lot happening in this film. It's running close to two-and-a-half-hours, and chronicles a number of difficult years in the life of a young man that spans from innocent innocence to broken dreams. The book is split into chapters. It is like watching multiple movies all in one such as a romantic college film and a war movie, an addiction drama as well as a heist-themed thriller and a prison-themed film. The chapters are distinct and distinct, however the structure of the film gives it an unfocused, fidgety impression. The script, which relies on voiceovers derived from the original source material, has its problems. (The film begins with Cherry telling his love for trees, as an example.)
When the Russos are seeking to break out of the Marvel mold, Tom Holland seems ready to take on his.
This frantic, agitated energy requires some time to adjust to. But it makes sense for the character, a skittish student-turned-soldier doomed to make terrible choices at every turn, and played with total commitment by the Russos' fellow Marvel graduate Tom Holland. This is a challenging complicated role that requires an unpredictable character in constant changes and falls and Holland has never had the opportunity to demonstrate such maturity. If the Russos want to break away from the Marvel mold, Holland seems ready to break his own mold. One is left wondering what the innocent Spider-Man Stans think of the scene in which Holland is seen swooning in a portable bathroom.
While some scenes come off as unnatural or formulaicbut this isn't the first movie to look at the dark side that come with addiction as well as PTSD The journey becomes more worthwhile towards the end. We already know how the story is going to unfold, however, Holland's performance, ably matched with Ciara Bravo in the role of his similarly affected girlfriend Emily she is convincing. "I am hearing this sound within my mind," he says desperately in his lowest level of ebb "and I'm not able to stop it." You can trust him.
Despite the grim subject issue, the Russos give the film an odd fairytale, blending groovy realistic elements with some humor (one one of the bank accounts the persona robs has been named "The Bank"). There's a certain vigor in the camera that evokes Danny Boyle's more dramatic work, even over the explicit images of children taking off, and although there aren't always creative swings that hit the mark, it's fascinating and interesting to see directors emerge from the studio world and yet choose to take risks over ease. As someone once stated"whatever it takes.