As Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival Cameron Bailey said from the stage of the North American Premiere in Toronto: “That is the first time that we have thanked Netflix.” Reviews from Variety to The Guardian almost universally laud the “uncompromising,” “disturbing,” “muscular,” “near-mythic,” and in equal measures “horrific” and “beautiful” nature of Fukunaga’s filmmaking. But for all the praise, there seems to be much left unsaid about just what this filmic confrontation with the uncomfortable actually tells us about these children-turned-killers and the nature of war.
For many, the unflinching violence and unrelenting horror of seeing young boys transformed into brutal, mindless soldiers in the midst of a seemingly pointless war would be enough to cause discomfort.
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