31 January 2024
The Captain (2023, Io Capitano)
The Captain (2023, Io Capitano)
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Matteo Garrone – The Captain (2023, Io Capitano)

4 out of 5 stars


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Do we recommend watching it?

Yes, absolutely!

Few words about the film.

Despite showing some imperfections, “Io capitano” manages to evoke a strong emotional reaction in viewers.
Certainly, the first twenty minutes are somewhat stereotypical. Indeed, the exploration of the theme of the motives behind the “journey” – the image of Italy and Europe arriving abroad – offers no novelty in interpretation. Undoubtedly, it only offers quick nods to “our” responsibilities without delving into the issue (although it seems to suggest that the true captain is the one who on the boat does not let anyone die, unlike the alleged one who from the chair of his power office, at least, does nothing to avoid unnecessary loss of human life in the name of an electoral return). “Io capitano,” however, in spite of these imperfections, is a gut-wrenching film that risks splitting those who watch it in two and provokes almost physical reactions that sometimes turn into pure anger.
Seydou’s performance is outstanding, and Garrone, as an attentive director, acknowledges this by granting him the gaze of the camera, making him the new focus of his personal cinematic aesthetic.
“Io Capitano” is a film that strikes a chord, and even if it were to succeed in changing the opinion of just one person after viewing, it would still be a success.

P.S.: It is important to note that “Io Capitano” remains a political film, despite the considerations made earlier. Indeed, a film is political not only when it points the finger, but also when it prompts deep reflections on social and political dynamics without necessarily doing so explicitly.

“Should I watch it, then?”

Well, you now know what we think about it but if you are still unsure about it, take a look at the trailer to decide for yourself whether to watch it or not.

Now, nothing left to do here, you just have to go and watch it or if you already did and have something to say about this movie, feel free to leave a comment at the end of the page and say whatever you like about the film. On this site, we are always happy to host others’ opinions on cinema and why not, open a debate if you don’t agree with us on this.

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