Best of… Series – 2006 – Children of Men

As a way to mix some of my old reviews in with my new reviews, I’m doing a Best of… Series. In this series, I will review my favorite movie of each year.

Children of Men (A. Cuaron, 2006)

I had the good fortune of getting to see this in the theater during its opening back in 2006, and it was one of best theatrical experiences of my life. The film’s cinematography brings its intense world to the forefront and easily makes you a part of it. The hand-held camera, amazing long takes (the best ever?), and even beautifully desolate (and meticulously crafted) scenery are all perfect, making this one of the best shot films I have ever seen. The cinematography’s realism is equally matched by the screenplay and performances. There is a strange sense of naturalism in this film, considering it’s a apocalypse-inevitable film. We don’t feel like we are shoved way into the future, watching some sort of possible reality. This film feels like a reality that could be here right now. The way the characters talk, react, and just exist feel exactly as if this was happening.

Of course, this sense of realism makes the film a bit frightening with its impending horror that the human race will soon be extinct. (For those that don’t know, the film is set in an infertile world.) As a result, when hope is placed into this world, the sense of importance is just as great as the fright that preceded it. As I said the first time I saw this movie, this might be the best nativity story movie out there. The parallels are obvious, though I believe they are intended to be. Still, it brings a new sense of realism to a story most of us take for granted. The film includes several emotionally accurate scenes, and is near perfect in every way.  9.75/10

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