Meadowland

In the hazy aftermath of an unimaginable loss, Sarah and Phil come unhinged, recklessly ignoring the repercussions. Phil starts to lose sight of his morals as Sarah puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations, falling deeper into her own fever dream.

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  • ★★★★ review by Keith Garrett on Letterboxd

    It's a damn shame that the Academy ignores movies like this.

    Reed Morano for Best Director/Cinematographer.

    Olivia Wilde for Best Actress.

    Is that so much to ask?

  • ★★★½ review by Milez Das on Letterboxd

    Coping to a loss of child, keeping the faith for the child's return even though you know the reality...

    Here a couple is trying to breath in the world, not knowing what has happened to their child... Mom clinging to the hope of his return whereas the father trying to accept the reality and losing his morale.

    Meadowland is movie about coping, grief and life you lead... Olivia Wilde gives one of her career best performances here after Drinking Buddies. She get through the characters skin in sync on how her character is leading her life. Her senses, how she is clinging to a hope, she doesn't want to believe the reality, she is trying to cling on to a child whose mother is a mess, father doesn't care.

    The movie revolves mostly around the honest performances given by the actors.... The story itself is not that strong to get going. But still it is worth a go.

  • ★★★★★ review by Logan Kenny on Letterboxd

    it's better than cloud atlas greg

  • ★★★½ review by Michael Vazquez on Letterboxd

    I haven’t seen The Handmaid’s Tale (i’ve been wanting to though), I don’t have an Hulu account but i’ve heard great things about the 3 episodes Reed Morano directed. She did direct an episode of Billions and I have seen her work as a cinematographer. She’s really good. 

    At first, when I saw this on Netflix, I saw Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss, Juno Temple & John Leguizamo names so I was interested in seeing it. But then I saw her name & I didn’t know she directed it so I was like “Awesome, i’ll give this a go”. Sure enough, I liked it. It’s sad, depressing, well-made & most of all, well-acted.

    Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson give some of their best performances of their career especially Olivia even though it doesn’t match with her career-best in Drinking Buddies, she delivered on a challenging, raw role. 

    It’s a solid movie, I hope we get to see more of Morano behind the director’s chair and of course, her great talent in shooting beautiful shots.

  • ★★★★ review by Craig Duffy on Letterboxd

    Generally, beauty and quality are considered to be mutually exclusive. If someone or something is beautiful, they/it must not be significant. A beautiful actress simply cannot be anything but a pretty face to sell tickets and cinematographers who turn to directing can only make gorgeous films that lack thematic depth. Right? Meadowland roundly refutes both of those assertions. Cinematographer Reed Morano's feature debut consistently puts emotion before aesthetics and the whole thing is anchored by an uncompromisingly honest performance from the amazing Olivia Wilde. The beauty is just the icing on the cake.

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