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🎙️ EPISODE 466: 05.13.22

Two movies for the price of one, both of which might've come off very After School Specialish if not for the nuance and mood deployed effortlessly here by Trey Edward Shults (director of the 2017 horror, It Comes at Night that I've seen yet). The aesthetics are part of a contagious style of the moment, but the many lengthly wordless passages captured something more than words could. The incident at the core is a cheap one to some degree. It's the kind of violent climax that either ends or starts a story, but here it functions as both in a fascinating and original way. The film never lingers on it; only the mostly unspoken memory of it. This is also the second A24 film in as many years to feature a Reznor-Ross score + a very insignificant cameo from Harmony Korine (whereas we only saw him in mid90s, we only hear his voice in this one). And that's the kind of fun fact you'll only get in ¶1 of review!
I found the second half to be the slightly stronger entry. It nailed that awkward teenage "getting to know you" dialogue, but it also tells a tender story about lost innocence and finding some solace after serious trauma. This is a complete film, though. The first half informs the latter; it isn't so much a rise and fall as it is an tightening and unwinding. The change of perspective is highlighted through a closing of the aspect ratio. Tonally, there's more light and experimentation in the final hour, which is more like an extended denouement than a part two. But the entirety is buoyed by a constant rotation of current music, an eclectic and really good mix of rap, pop and R&B. This will likely date Waves but in the best possible way. Shults has really captured the stress, the fleeting apathy and euphoria, and the isolation all too often at the enter of our seemingly hyperconnected present.


Waves is a 2019 American drama film written, co-produced and directed by Trey Edward Shults. Along with Shults, it was produced by Kevin Turen and Jessica Row. It stars Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell, Alexa Demie, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Sterling K. Brown. It was released on August 30, 2019.


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