FIN REVIEW: Cold War a genuine, gorgeous nostalgia trip

The reason films of old are so revered is because you could feel the pain, tension and romance in each and every frame.

In black-and-white, without bells and whistles, performances and chemistry had to dance and shine instead, forcing the viewer to get sucked into the story.

It’s been a lot of years, and too many Michael Bay movies, since those quiet, sophisticated films were at the forefront.

But when I watched Polish film Cold War, I got chills for the first time in a decade. I felt the yearning of two lovers and the singing and tap-dancing flowed through my bones.

Director Pawel Pawlikowski won Best Director at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and he deserves it, because for a singular vision to evoke such strong emotion in an audience as attention-deficient as ours, it takes a master.

This love story, set against the 1950’s Cold War in Paris, brings a conductor and a beautiful young singer together, but their differences may just tear them apart.

We watch as they fight, battle and, most often, love each other through all struggles, and the audience can’t help but become invested in the future of Zula (Joanna Kulig) and Wiktor (Tomasz Kot).

They are movie stars, in the strongest sense, and if you thought La La Land was a beautiful American films of old, it has nothing on this.

It’s not just a masterpiece in its own location, but Cold War deserves worldwide recognition as one of the best, most evocative films of 2018.

5/5 Stars

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