"The Fits" first got my attention when it was on the list of Metacritic's best films of the first half of 2016. I rented it on digital, but I wasn't sure what my opinion would be, as its premise was rather unusual.
The film is just over an hour long, and therefor it never drags, but it never feels rushed either, and its conclusion is really satisfying. While watching the film in the first 40 minutes, my thoughts were that the film was a well-made, but rather simple coming of-age-drama. After that, however, I began to see the film as much more metaphorical. There are so many metaphors in the end of the film that my mouth dropped open. The film itself is a giant metaphor. The very end is also metaphorical and ambiguous, and it is great. It makes the movie far more profound, in that it allows the viewer to decide what they think happened in the film. I hope to make some of my other film buff friends watch this so that we can discuss its meaning.
The cinematography of the film is phenomenal. It is so detailed and makes so much out of so little, as it has an extremely indie feel to it. Royalty Hightower is phenomenal as the protagonist, extremely believable and talented for a child actress. The score is pretty much the only thing that I don't absolutely love about the film. It is based around a series of sour notes, and while I understand its purpose in relation to the metaphor, it made me cringe every time.
So overall, "The Fits" is a ridiculously profound film that is definitely deserving of its critical praise. Everyone who likes film should watch it. It's that good and it deserves that much attention if you are able to fully analyze it. Watch it.
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: Digital rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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