April 25, 2015

Too late

Night Moves (Kelly Reichardt, 2013). Kelly Reichardt’s stories are inconclusive, they drift. She likes looking at the world through car windows. There is an unhurried pace to the films and a sense that her isolated characters could easily disappear. So it is in Night Moves. You might initially have doubts about the sullen protagonist (Jesse Eisenberg at his most, er, sullen) but he suits the growing sense of pessimism. Compare and contrast with a film from the 1970s. Here, any kind of hope or activism is an illusion. It’s already too late and there’s already too much to do.