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"This effort strikes me as uninspired long-take landscape shots masquerading as minimalism, and an undernourished story straining for profundity."
That's exactly how this review strikes me. (Though I'm not sure how something can masquerade as minimalism.)
THE LONELIEST PLANET won't be for everyone - it's glacially paced and does require a good amount of audience investment - but for Covert to imply that it lacks resonance and is the work of a lazy filmmaker makes me sincerely wonder if he *watched* the film or just had it on. (Regarding his assertion that the film employs melodrama, I'd say this: think about what the melodramatic version of that scene would look like and compare it to the way it's handled in this film.)
One can question the effectiveness of the filmmaking, but I don't see how anyone can deny that there are some huge, relevant, human issues being explored here. Immediately after seeing it, I found all kinds of thoughtful, insightful reviews and discussions -- both pro and con -- happening all over the web. It's a shame when an ambitious, challenging film is shruggingly dismissed by someone who should be paying more attention.
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