Maniac review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.
Annie, Owen and The Great Crescendo. This tale begins subtly, showing little emotion and masking its intentions, much like it's primarily players. But as the experiment unfolds, so do deep fears and truths (often one and the same) specific to each individual. While it would make sense for this to only extend to the test subjects, it's brilliantly bled over into the pharmaceutical staff as well~Showing that nobody is beyond their demons if they choose to never face them. Emma Stone is a range displaying raven, morphing from one iteration to the next, while still retaining a hint of the Annie. Jonah Hill defines passive pain, initially so tame and weak, you wonder where he could take it. Then he does and once Owen opens up, we're treated to Hill's best performance. Justin Theroux and Sally Field are also disturbingly delicious as the estranged mother/son duo, destined to dissect each other emotionally and professionally. I call it the great crescendo because it builds to such a satisfying conclusion. The reason I gave it 4 stars is, like the best dreams, I wanted more of it, right when it was getting to it's best bits (but admittedly, I'm not sure where they'd take it from here). It left me feeling good & I just wanted more of Annie & Owen.
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