Where to begin with Denis Villenueve’s SICARIO. I’ve not seen all of his films…yet…but he continues to captivate and strangely enthrall his viewers. Me, included. This year’s release no different. When I first saw the trailer for this a few months back, a tale in our longest, most expensive war, I was surely going to see it the weekend the film opened. Believe it or not, it exceeded my expectations.
Beautifully shot, unsurprisingly, by Roger Deakins, and mesmerizingly scored by Jóhann Jóhannsson (someone I’ve only been briefly exposed to via ‘The Theory of Everything’ work), Villenueve has crafted one of the best films of the year, IMO. A film I must-say one might have expected from the likes of a Michael Mann, and far from the unevenness that plagued the Cormac McCarthy-Ridley Scott endeavor, ‘The Counselor’, but in that unique style fast becoming a trademark of the French-Canadian film director-writer.
Once again Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin stand out in a marvelous cast, but it’s a return of Benecio del Toro to form that was truly unexpected and appreciated. Tamping down del Toro’s often overeager scene-chewing tendencies of late some filmmakers let him get away with being key here. Letting his charisma naturally come forth.
For people who appreciated author Don Winslow‘s stellar work of the Drug War with THE POWER OF THE DOG and it’s sequel, THE CARTEL (my favorite novel of the year so far), then this film will help those of you waiting till their film adaptations come to pass. Readers will instantly recognize aspects the film and those novels share, but it’s a unique take well worth your time.
So glad my Facebook friend Juhani Nurmi reminded me to do this on Saturday instead of Sunday. Meaning, not only to put off delaying screening it, but afford moi a chance to catch it again before the weekend was out. Yeah, it’s one of those, folks.