RED ROCKET — CANNES 2021
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"Red Rocket" is as good as American Independent Cinema gets.
Sean Baker, don't you dare go Hollywood.
It's worth repeating, Sean Baker is our modern-day John Cassavetes.
But if Baker ever directs a Marvel movie it will be all over.
Don't make the same mistake that Chloé Zhao ("Nomadland") made. What a sell out.
"Red Rocket" is an emotionally intense Trump-era satirical drama that lands every punch of betrayal, selfishness, and senseless greed for ego fulfillment.
Simon Rex deals a virtuosic portrayal of an inveterate narcissist porn star taking those near him on a downhill ride to hell.
American narcissism's days are numbered.
Rated R. 130 mins.