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  • Writer's pictureBrandon Berntsom


It wouldn't be right to not mention Waves, undoubtedly, one of the most intense, emotionally jarring, powerful pieces of cinema I've seen since Requiem for a Dream. I don't think I could watch it again, but the style of this movie is so unique, I'm not sure I've ever seen anything like it. It is not an easy movie to watch, but you can't look away. There are intensely powerful lengths in the movie where not a single piece of dialogue is uttered, and yet it speaks so loudly it hypnotizes you. Each character is going through their own hell and trial, and there is a shred of light and redemption, but you have to wade through it. Trey Edwards Shults did something very beautiful, unique, and brilliant with this film that is hard to put into words. I always believed that a great story, whether a novel or movie, will always do so much more than just entertain. It will be an experience, and Waves is exactly that. I thought about it for days afterwards, and I'm not sure I was the same after viewing it. Personally, I love stories like this, because the more you can rearrange the inner workings of the human heart, and take me for this kind of ride, I consider you a master of your art. Trey Edwards Shults has my vote on his vision. Again, you have to be able to stomach the depth of a piece of work like this, but it's well worth it and very eye-opening, tragic, sad, but insanely beautiful at the same time. Waves scores very high on my mist. Give it a look and you'll see!

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