2022 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 3 – James Gray’s Armageddon Time
James Gray makes a fifth trip to the Palme d’Or competition with Armageddon Time – his eighth feature film. Following The Yards (2000), We Own the Night (2007), Two Lovers (2008), and The Immigrant (2013), this new project features newcomer child actors Banks Repeta and Jaylin Webb who are surrounded (and supported at least in theory) here by a world of adults: supervisors, teachers, parents, grandparents and other people in positions of authority. Supporting players include Anne Hathaway, Anthony Hopkins and corporal punishment for your own good father played by Jeremy Strong.
A set in the 1980’s coming-of-age story about parental support and the explicit lack of, this features Queens, the middle class during the Ronald Reagan era — Gray’s most personal story yet.
A first bonafide feature on our leaderboard, so far with more than half of the grades in we find no score under the 3 star marks averaging for a 3.4. We still got about a half dozen grades to filter in — but this is an audience pleaser.
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