The Painted Bird is a new WW2 epic as if we don’t have enough of those already. However, The Painted Bird is the best of it’s kind since Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line.
There are so many storylines here that weaved perfectly together like a beautiful quilt. The cinematography should be recognized by the Academy as some of the best we’ve seen in a very long time as well as the editing and the way the director of photography helped make this film look.
I don’t know if there has been anything that has haunting and beautiful to look at the same time in a war-torn centric story like The Painted Bird. Jojo Rabbit quickly comes to mind but it was much more of a satire where The Painted Bird should easily win bed foreign picture this year, or whenever the Academy decides to go through with the process amidst the pandemic.
The acting is captivating, a real stand out here is Barry Pepper even though he has no dialogue at all he still shows so much range of emotion that just so hard to accomplish with little dialogue. I feel for the guy since he’s been in a number of great films but he will ultimately be known for Battlefield Earth. This movie should help erase that even more if people are willing to sit through a three-hour-long epic. It really does feel like just two hours, however, I can’t recommend The Painted Bird enough.