Every element of haunting noir feels flawless on its own, but Del Toro brings them all together to craft a film of near perfection.
There are infinite possibilities as to what it all really means. No matter your interpretation, it won’t be wrong.
The film is not as clever as it thinks it is, and it’s a letdown when the big reveal and twist is finally exposed.
Despite a fantastic turn from Gyllenhaal, the film is an unfunny, unsuccessful, elitist spoof about what happens when art and commerce collide, and it’s one that will be lost on most.
Director Brett Haley and his longtime co-writer Marc Basch make sweet music once again in “Hearts Beat Loud,” a beautifully low-key, heartfelt, small scale story of how music aids us in speaking our inner truth.
Here is the rare movie that demands repeat viewings, and will undoubtedly leave audiences unsettled regardless of whether it’s being watched the first, third, or fifth time around.