The Circle (2017)
The Circle asks many questions, but provides few answers. This itself is not a bad thing. Where #thecircle drops the ball is a lack of follow-through. Concepts are introduced, paid lip service and then dropped or barely developed. Key relationships are cast aside in favor of relentless plotting. A shame because on the surface, the film has of goid going for it. The cast is uniformly excellent; Emma Watson, who could be just another big starlet post-Hermione, continues to pick interesting - if flawed - films to hone her craft. John Boyega is good but woefully underutilized - a black man developed an incredible social media platform and you somehow don't care?! The real win is Tom Hanks, who brings his incredible charm to a sinister role. Everything his Bailey says is terrifying, but since it's Hanks, it's awesome! Brilliant casting ghere. The film works best when it's incorporating the digital elements onto the screen, blending realities. The mundane, non-connected stuff is neutral at best - or making you go for your own phone at worst!
What does privacy mean now? What are the limits of corporations? Of technology? What is the balance? What is the value of secrets? The Circle, based on the book by and adapted by Dave Eggars, is lofty in its ideals, but too pedestrian in its execution. The ending will leave everyone unsatisfied. What did she pick? Oh, almost nothing at all. At least, it will provoke conversations afterwards.