Emma Stone's new movie Poor Things is earning rave early reviews.
The surreal comedy from director Yorgos Lanthimos – best known for The Favourite and The Killing of a Sacred Deer – is an adaptation of author Alasdair Gray's novel of the same name about a young woman, Bella (Emma Stone), brought back to life.
When Bella rebels against her supposed guardian, Dr. Godwin Baxter (Spider-Man's Willem Dafoe), she sets off on a madcap trip across Europe to celebrate her independence.
Marvel's Mark Ruffalo and two-time Emmy nominee Ramy Youssef have supporting roles in the film that premiered on Friday night (September 1) at the Venice International Film Festival. It will compete for the festival's prestigious Golden Lion trophy.
Below is a sampling of early reviews for Poor Things:
"It's easy to forgive any film which is as gleefully excessive as this one. Lanthimos may get carried away, but the results are daringly outrageous and often hilarious."
"It may be the first Lanthimos movie in which this unsparing filmmaker doesn’t just slice his characters open but actually likes what he sees."
"A funny, sad, bawdy, beautiful concoction that will haunt and provoke in equal measure."
"What we have is a twisty variation on the Frankenstein mythos – or do we mean Bride of Frankenstein mythos? – that never lets up in its interrogation of power imbalance between the genders. It is funny, beautiful and incisive."
"The best film of Lanthimos’ career... mordantly funny, whimsical and wacky, unprecious and unpretentious, filled with so much to adore that to try and parse it all here feels like a pitiful response to the film’s ambitions."
Poor Things is currently set to open on December 8, 2023 in the US and January 12, 2024 in the UK, following a recent delay in its release due to the SAG-AFTRA strike.
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