History buffs, especially those with an affinity for World War II stories and/or an interest in 20th century Czechoslovakia, may enjoy what "The Affair" has to offer
May skirt the truth when it comes to history but it uncovers a pure vein when exploring Mary’s inner life.
Revisits familiar themes and ideas from other, earlier films that were presented to far better effect the first time around.
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-11-03
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Content, Profanity)
Director: Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz
Cast: Janelle Monae, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe, Marque Richardson, Tongayi Chirisa, Lily Cowles
"Twilight Zone" elements aside, the movie never loses sight of its twin objectives: maintain suspense and emphasize a message about the enduring, pernicious power of racism.
Seth Rogen, playing two roles and showing no chemistry with himself, is in “comedy mode” here but the material isn’t funny enough for that to work.
Offers a few standout moments set adrift in a sea of underdeveloped characters, incomplete backstory elements, and abbreviated world building.
More often frustrating than successful, this is a generic neo-noir buddy cop movie that misses too many opportunities to do anything different.
The movie does many things - some are wrenching, some pose unanswerable existential questions, and some make one wonder whether the film should exist in the first place.
Exists as a reminder not only of a time when filmmakers had more latitude but of the types of production that would find little traction in today’s changed cinematic marketplace.
The most accessible of Soviet director Andrei Tarkovsky’s films, it relies more on mood and atmosphere than narrative and character.