Directed by Drake Doremus
A futuristic love story set in a world where emotions have been eradicated.
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★★★½ review by Lucy on Letterboxd
kstew deserves an oscar for pretending to be This Straight
★★★★½ review by Kaci Elizabeth on Letterboxd
The hardest part after watching this film, is trying to wrap my head around any thought process that will help me actually put my feelings into words.
First off; The directing and cinematography is the most beautiful and elegant thing I have witnessed in film for a long time. The shots not only played on color as well as shadows like the poster indicates but truly held the intensity that the film wants you to feel. The shots linger in all of the right scenes and get closer right when they need to. In all, pure genius there.
The writing is crisp, clean, scary and metaphorical. Every word is the right word. Mumbles. Everything.
The acting. When you take Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart, put them together in a film where they are feeling emotions and things for the first time, they collide like nothing I have ever seen. They really knew how to grab the audience by the heart and tear it into a million pieces. Not in a crying sort of way but a 'WOULD THIS SCENE HURRY UP BECAUSE I'M GOING CRAZY I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS' kind of way. Or a grab their faces and smush them together already kind of way.
Do not get me started on how many ways this entire film could be interpreted.
I am deducting a half of a star due to emotional turmoil that I suffered from the anxiety and lingering in the film (even if I loved it once it was over or onto the next scene) and also for the fact that the score kept going over a lot of the scenes so it made it a little difficult to hear the main actors at points.
★★★★ review by Dawson Joyce on Letterboxd
A rare piece of modern sci-fi filmmaking that focuses more on emotion and character as opposed to action and effects, Equals is also a thought-provoking romantic drama from director Drake Doremus, with powerful lead performances from Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart, gorgeous cinematography, and absorbing visuals.
★★★½ review by Brendan Michaels on Letterboxd
If I'm a sucker for 2 things it's romances and A24. I was a bit worried going into Equals but I'm pleasantly surprised on how much I liked it! Granted it's not a perfect film but it is pretty great. Tonally and aesthetically it's similar to THX and 1984 but it's quite different from those two. I don't know what drew me to this film, probably the great performances and the blue. Love the blue of the film. My fascination with Kristen Stewart doesn't stop because she was great in this film. Nicolas Hoult was also great in this and he definitely brings some great moments in the film. All I can say is that this film really got to me and I really like it. Definitely an underrated gem from 2016 that you should check out. I really liked it!
★★★★ review by Ryan Rosendal on Letterboxd
Boy, a lot of your affection for this film will depend on how much you like pretty young people staring at each other with looks of incredible longing.
Thankfully I'm into that kind of thing so I absolutely adored "Equals." I'm sure someone can poke holes in the film's sci-fi society but I was struck by how moving the central relationship is, with Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart delivering wonderfully small and subtle performances.
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