I consider Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain to be tremendous actors. I still remember watching Oliver Stone’s Alexander in theaters over ten years ago, and walking away disappointed with everything but Farrell’s performance as the young Macedonian king. Similarly, the apex of Jessica Chastain will always be her performance in Zero Dark Thirty. The final shot of her sitting alone in a helicopter as she cries in silence haunted me for months
Based on that criteria alone, Miss Julie should be my favorite movie of the year, for it features the two actors confined to a single location, while they argue with each other for two hours.
While it is not my favorite movie, it is a showcase for these two very talented individuals to display their acting prowess, and boy do they not disappoint.
What fiery intensity! What a powerful way to deliver monologues! What stoic silence! Both actors can disgust and break your heart with a single glance or furrowed brow.
Because this was adapted from the stage, I believe it is only fair I end this by simply saying Bravo.