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Yes, The Oscar Hype is Real: Roma is a Fucking Masterpiece

First of all, shout out to Netflix for dropping a movie that is currently in theatres because I would not have seen this if I had to leave my futon to do so.

There are two immediate turn offs that I understand. The movie is in black and white and it’s in a different language. This film basically doesn’t want you to watch it.

I know I personally didn’t really watch when I first turned it on. I was too busy writing up these fire articles for you people.

One of my favorite movies is Manhattan and that’s black and white for no reason. I loved Narcos and that has to be consumed almost entirely via subtitles.

But the combination of the two at the same time is a real son of a bitch.

And then you keep watching Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo, one of the family’s maids, and suddenly there is nothing else you’d rather be watching. Yalizta is absolutely captivating. She needs to be in every movie from now on. Actually, she also needs to somehow be edited into every movie that’s already been made.

I loved the scene in Mission Impossible this year when Tom Cruise and Henry Cavill jump out of the airplane. Well after seeing Roma, Yalitza Aparicio has to be edited into that scene jumping out with them. All of a sudden Mission Impossible is the best movie ever made.

No one jumps out of an airplane in Roma yet somehow, it’s still flawless. Truly without flaw. It’s the perfect ‘slice of life’ film in that it feels like you’re a voyoer viewing this family interact in real time. 

Some movies feel like movies. They are fairy tale stories and monsters and Nicolas Cage. This movie feels like these characters existed before the cameras started rolling and these characters continue to exist when the cameras turn off.

I cried at the end of Roma. Cried. Tears. From my eyeballs. Onto my cheeks.

But that’s because of the amazing storytelling. Cleo has a beautiful moment with the family she helps out and the emotional catharsis only exists because of the two hour build up. No scenes or lines are wasted. It all leads up to the climax on the beach. I dare you not to cry when they’re all hugging each other. 

Whether it’s Cleo being rejected by a boy (and threatened), to feeling unappreciated by the family she takes care of to the political unrest and protests turning into a shootout and even minor moments that happen to her all lead to my eyes sweating at the end.

Give Roma every Oscar. Put Yalitza Aparicio in every movie. Roma makes me nostalgic for a culture I’ve never even experienced. That’s an amazing movie. 

I also liked Mission Impossible too.

 

 

 

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