Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘Kinds of Kindness’ Premieres at Cannes and the Critics Are Amazed

Yorgos Lanthimos' 'Kinds of Kindness' Premieres at Cannes and the Critics Are Amazed

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most important cinematic events of the year. Not only is it a popular market for future and unreleased movies, but it is also the place where many films have their premiere and where the audiences can see them for the first time. After the premieres of Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga and Megalopolis, another upcoming hit also had its premiere yesterday and it seems that the critics are absolutely amazed with the movie! We have already written about Yorgos Lantihmos’ upcoming film, Kinds of Kindness, and we can confirm that the early reviews point to the Greek director having another major hit for us!

In case you have forgotten, Kinds of Kindness is based on an original script co-written by Efthimis Filippou and Lanthimos himself. Lanthimos described the film as “a contemporary film, set in the US – three different stories, with four or five actors who play one part in each story,” confirming that Kinds of Kindness is, in fact, going to be the first anthology movie in his career. The movie is going to star Emma Watson, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Plemons, Margaret Qualley, Hong Chau, Joe Alwyn, Mamoudou Athie, and Hunter Schafer.

Like Megalopolis, Kinds of Kindness is part of the official competition for the Palme d’Or in Cannes this year (Furiosa, which we have also reported about, was screened out-of-competition). The movie itself is one of the most highly-anticipated releases of this year, building on the success of Lanthimos’ previous film, Poor Things, which also starred Stone and Dafoe. The movie was well-received in France, receiving a 4.5-minute standing ovation.

On top of that, the movie was also well-received by critics, debuting with a very high 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an equally high rating of 78/100 on Metacritic. And indeed, the critics are very satisfied, as it seems.

The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw praised the film, giving it a 4/5 score: “Kinds of Kindness feels heavier and longer than I expected, as if reaching for a meaningful resolution that might not be there. Yet absence and loss is perhaps the whole point.”

Kevin Maher of the Times was also very satisfied, describing the movie as: “There’s no kindness, in other words, in Kinds of Kindness. But that’s fine too, and probably all part of the brilliant, bravura joke.”

As far as IndieWire‘s Dave Ehrlich is concerned, he gave the film a B and praised it as follows: “This nearly three-hour bonfire of Searchlight Pictures’ annual budget is a towering monument to human love that betrays almost zero interest in actually being liked.”

Among the satisfied critics was Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair, who praised the film as follows: “Those hoping for some sense of grand meaning — or, really, any kind of explanation of what’s going on — are denied. Kinds of Kindness is clever and a bit snide, a curio cabinet not designed for beauty.”

Peter Debruge, while writing for Variety, also provided a very positive review of the film: “This long, scaldingly original film enthralls even as it frustrates, defying conventional logic while presenting an absurdist riff on modern society. It’s never boring, and yet, Lanthimos’ outré sensibility demands a special brand of patience.”

Finally, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, was also quite satisfied with the final product: “It may not be as thematically cohesive on a first watch as some audiences will wish for, but the longer you mull it over the more the pieces of the puzzle begin to fit and the common threads start to emerge.”

From what we can see, Kinds of Kindness is not Lanthimos’ best film, but it is a worthy successor to the award-winning Poor Things with Emma Stone, and a movie that will definitely amaze us when it premieres globally this year. The movie is set to begin its theatrical run on June 21, 2024.

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