By letting the picture embody his failures — by turning Armageddon Time into a self-aware look at his own limitations — the director makes that necessary connection between then and now, between the characters onscreen and us watching. In other words, he denies us the one thing these types of movies almost always provide: reassurance.
Just superb. All the performances--especially Anthony Hopkins--are excellent. The child actors don't have a false or overly sentimental moment. The movie is an honest slice of life of a time not too long ago. It's strange that some come in to review bomb this based on some notion that it means to be political. That's ridiculous. It just means to capture a world and the lives of a boy and his family.
The movie ends with a rebel gesture that feels too much like…a gesture. It’s the perfect sign-off for a drama that cares, but maybe not enough to see that this kind of caring actually became part of the problem
With the knowledge that this coming-of-age story is based on its director's own experiences, Armageddon Time plays a dangerous game when it over-embellishes things for the sake of enhancing its work. Of course, it's completely understandable why that would happen in a drama that's constructed that way, but even with the honesty of what it wants to tell, you obviously stop believing much of what you're seeing as the experiences of a child because they just don't feel realistic, even when you are fully aware that you are watching a movie. It has good intentions, I know that, but it becomes complicated to connect with the experience.
I can’t imagine a single normal person wanting to pay to see this movie. This is the Fabelmans all over again – multi-millionaire director gazes up his own ass to reflect on a childhood no one earning less than 50k/year could possibly care about. We live in a truly stupid era of movies, where the worth of a project is determined by the politics of the subject instead of greatness of its craft. I hope creators can shake off their idiotic need to jump on the bandwagon of some vague aimless social movement and get back to actually exploring actual humanity through art.