I was excited for "The Salesman" even before it won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film, as I like the director's other film, but the award made me even more excited. As such, I was overjoyed when it came to the theater where I volunteer. It may be a product of overhype, but I found myself disappointed.
I went in expecting a thriller. I felt like it was much too slow to be a good thriller. It is far too dialogue-driven, and the dialogue is so lengthy that in a foreign film, you can barely pay attention to the aesthetic parts of the film. It isn't bad, but the writing just wasn't as insightful or as exciting as I had hoped. Maybe if I would have went in expecting something different, I may have enjoyed it more, but I didn't expect a relatively straightforward, but slow revenge film.
I also didn't think that the execution was of enough note to warrant an award. The cinematography had some good moments, but wasn't anything phenomenal as a whole. The production design was good, though, especially in the play moments. I also liked Farhadi's decision not to use a score for most of the film.
Overall, "The Salesman" is by no means a bad film, but I just don't think that was as good as was hyped for me. Maybe it just wasn't to my tastes.
Big Tuna's Rating: C+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably not.
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