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Bacurau Review- A Thrilling Take on Brazilian Politics

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Bacurau, a small town in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to 94.

This film should be watched blind and you should know nothing about it. That’s why I’ve cut the plot short so you can have the same experience of thrill and enjoyment. Just when you think you know where the film is going, weird things start happening and it becomes a completely different type of film, and a damn fun one, to say the least.

This is naturally a hard review to write because I don’t want to say anything about the plot, so I’m gonna try and be vague.

The overall flow of the movie is great. It doesn’t rush into things, and if you’re going in blind, there are clues left from the very start teasing what’s to come which I loved. Having said that, in the final act, when things are very dramatic the pace has the biggest change yet, when two people decide to have sex for no particular reason out of nowhere. That was the one point in the movie where I went ‘OK… this is stupid’, because it was so pointless to the story and completely ruined the flow of the film at that point all for a cheap gag (you’ll know it when you see it). There was even more to that scene which I won’t say, because I don’t want to spoil it. 

There are small details I picked up on that I really liked. For example there’s a scene where something is going to happen to a certain character. That character is holding a torch which is flickering. The flickers were SOS in morse code. That’s the only thing I know in morse code so picked up on it straight away. Then something ‘bad’ happens, and that SOS is foreshadowing that we’re about to witness something awful unfold. It’s little details like that I loved.

The movie as a whole was just a whole lot of fun, and I want to say what it felt like, but I won’t say because of spoilers!!!

This is probably the worst review you’ll ever see here as I’ve said nothing productive, I just think you all should go in blind. It’s a bit like how Avengers Endgame was a hard film to review. Watch this film!



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