Ford v Ferrari, writer-director James Mangold’s latest, is the last 2020 Best Picture nominee that I saw and, while it is thoroughly entertaining in some parts, it isn’t necessarily Best Picture material (whatever that means).
I had heard many things about Taika Waititi’s latest which, like Thor: Ragnarok and others, he not only directed but stars in — this time, as the one and only Adolf Hitler, but as an imaginary friend of 10-year-old Nazi fanatic Jojo (newcomer Roman Griffin Davis).
As an atheist aka non-believer, I wouldn’t say that I am the target demographic for this faith-focused, fact-based film starring Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, and Topher Grace. And, while I am a fan of Metz in particular and knew that she was talented enough to pull off the difficult role of the prayer-obsessed mother of an adopted son who gets into an accident with slim chances of survival, I wasn’t dying to see this movie.
I knew next to nothing about this Netflix-released animated film, and wasn’t planning to watch it until it received an unexpected Oscar nomination (it most likely replaced Frozen II). I was pleasantly surprised at how charming and entertaining it was.