I hinted at this in last week’s Oscar newsletter. I now think that we have a new default Best Picture winner. The Banshees of Inisherin. Why? The film is not universally beloved… but I don’t hear many, in any, people saying that they dislike it. And God knows, I am hearing a lot of people wanting to talk about how much they hate this movie or that. For those who are not in love with the film, the alternate seems to be at least “not bad.”
I just saw Tár today and was shocked by how much I didn’t like it. Cate Blanchett is good but I don’t think it’s her best work...I hadn’t heard or read anything negative so maybe I went in with inflated expectations.
Regardless, I thought it was a snooze fest. Most of the supporting roles felt like throw away characters with no development.
To me it was an overwritten, pretentious story of a pompous conductor who ends up getting what’s coming to her.
I don’t think it deserves any nominations besides maybe Blanchett.