I have heard many great things about "Central Station", so I was looking forward to watching it in a class. I definitely think that this was a film that lived up to its hype, as it is a well-written and well-told story.
This film's biggest strength is in its characters. The development is absolutely phenomenal. The protagonist is dynamic and relatable, and Josué is endlessly likable. Both characters are portrayed with phenomenal emotion by their actors, shown through the rare foreign film nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. The child actor is also very impressive for his age, especially given the fact that he was an inexperienced actor. The pacing is very good, with sufficient comedic relief. There were a few moments that were a bit unsatisfying or awkward, however, these are not often.
The cinematography of the film is also beautiful. There are so many great, metaphorical shots, however, much of the beauty of the film lies in its skillful simplicity. It really is brilliant. The use of music also works well to showcase the mood of the film.
Overall, I think that "Central Station" is a beautiful character-driven story. It has a few moments that feel a bit off, but it is very good overall.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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