Something that I have always liked about James Grey is how different his films are from one another and that only shows even more here with Armageddon Time. The film is inspired around Grey’s upbringing and childhood experiences and examines the dangers of complicity when it comes to prejudice and inequality, the performances right off the bat are quite fantastic each of which give something special to the film. Banks Repeta plays Paul Graff and Jaylin Webb as Johnny are both fantastic, they both truly do a fantastic job in their roles and the conversations between the two lead to some of the film’s strongest moments as well as heartbreaking moments. Anne Hathaway as Esther Graff and Jeremy Strong as Iriving Graff are quite incredible, very raw performances that truly capture the rawness of the film and really center around the film’s message. Finally there’s Anthony Hopkins who plays Aaron Rabinowitz who is definitely the heart of the film and who ultimately ties the film together, his interactions whether it be with Anne Hathaway or Banks Repeta are truly mesmerizing and down to earth, it truly feels like you are watching someone’s grandfather giving you his advice and thoughts on your actions. Hopkins truly does an incredible job here and gives one of the best performances of the year, as the film goes on we see a lot of the dangers of complicity and how it hurts people when no action is taken, the cinematography truly fantastic here with lots of close and personal shots that really add to the film’s rawness as well. James Grey always this personal type atmosphere in some of his films that works each in every time, he wants the viewer to come close to the events that are happening on screen which makes them all the more effective. Armageddon Time isn’t going to completely connect with everyone, however there is so much to love here that I have to recommend it!
Armageddon Time is currently in theaters.