Ethan Hawke, with a keyboard at the ready, sings The Kinks “Waterloo Sunset” during a standout moment in Juliet, Naked. These beautiful touches are sprinkled throughout this music infused story that’s blessed with a trio of beautifully rendered performances (Hawke, Chris O’Dowd, and Rose Byrne).
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Venturing into the great unknown can be fear inducing and seductive, and with Annihilation we are given an entirely new universe called the Shimmer. With Natalie Portman at the ready and Ex Machina writer/director Alex Garland commandeering, what could possibly go wrong? While possessing a few quality moments, Annihilation isn’t as fantastic as it makes itself out to be, and many cinephiles will leave with the theaters with the bitter taste of disappointment.
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