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Annette - Review

So May We Start? 3.5 / 5

Directed by Leos Carax.

The story of Henry, a stand-up comedian with a fierce sense of humor and Ann, a singer of international renown. In the spotlight, they are the perfect couple, healthy, happy, and glamourous. The birth of their first child, Annette, a mysterious girl with an exceptional destiny, will change their lives.

The Sparks Brothers documentary prepared me for how peculiar Annette would be but even I was taken off guard by how Sparks and Leos Carax's pushed the boundaries of the traditional movie musical format.

Beginning with arguably the best song of the film, you are immediately shown that you are not in for a normal ride as Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard perform their hearts out as they begin their unusual relationship.

What follows is a grand telling of a relationship in the spotlight, the trials, and tribulations that follow which just happens to have one of the most unsettling on-screen babies that has ever etched its way into my eyeballs.

Annette is pure chaotic good with an unexpectedly passionate performance from Adam Driver but gets bogged down by a scatter-paced plot and some of Sparks more… tedious lyrical work.

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