It’s very rare that I go see a movie where I have little to no idea what it’s about, but after seeing “ARMAGEDDON TIME ” receive an initial Rotten Tomatoes score of 100%, I was dying to see this one. From acclaimed filmmaker James Gray, “ARMAGEDDON TIME” is a deeply personal coming-of-age story about the strength of family and the generational pursuit of the American Dream. The film features an all-star cast including Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong. Inspired by Gray’s childhood experiences, the story follows a young Jewish-American boy who befriends a rebellious African-American classmate and begins to struggle with expectations from his family and growing up in a world of privilege, inequality and prejudice. While the Rotten Tomatoes score has dropped, I’m still glad I saw the film and although “ARMAGEDDON TIME” is nowhere near a 100% score – it’s still an incredible, gentle, and touching film.
“ARMAGEDDON TIME” is a poetic, touching, and important 8.2 out of 10. It’s a kind and gentle film that explores serious subjects touching family, death, inequality, and prejudice. It delivers pure and phenomenal acting performances from the entire cast. If you’re familiar with the 2020 Netflix film, “The Devil All The Time ”, young star Michael Banks Repeta gives an amazing performance alongside one of my recent favorite actors, Jeremy Strong. After his starring role in this one, I’d expect Michael Banks Repeta to be a future heavyweight actor in a year or two. By no means is “ARMAGEDDON TIME ” worth seeing in the theaters, it’s extremely plot and dialogue driven and has little to no “action” throughout, but is pretty much a must watch once it releases digitally. My biggest dislike of the film is that throughout the 2 hour runtime, I kept asking myself “what’s the overall point of this” and while in most movies you can pinpoint the message or main point, “ARMAGEDDON TIME” is simply about the journey of the film and the parallels between the film and the coming to age story of our main characters.