Metacritic vefurinn hefur tekið saman umsagnir gagnrýnenda um myndirnar á Berlinale 2020 og síað út þær bestu (og þær verstu). Ljóst er að esseyjumynd Jóhanns Jóhannsonar Last and First Men, er á meðal þeirra bestu að mati margra gagnrýnenda.
Lesa má yfirlitið með því að smella á hlekkinn hér undir en hér er samantektin um Last and First Men:
Making its world premiere at Berlin two years after his death at 48, Men is the last and first feature directed by the Oscar-nominated film composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (Sicario, Arrival). The black-and-white, 16mm film (also scored and written by Jóhannsson and narrated by Tilda Swinton) is ostensibly based on Olaf Stapledon’s 1930 sci-fi novel, but it’s more of a multimedia experiment than a conventional narrative film. But it’s a memorable one. This “meditative and altogether awe-inspiring visual poem,” as The Playlist‘s Jack King describes it, is “a visionary work about the final days of humankind that stretches the audience’s ability to imagine not only an immense time frame reaching over billions of years, but huge steps in human evolution,” writes Deborah Young of THR. In his review for The Film Stage, Ed Frankel claims Jóhannsson’s “dreamy combination of sound and images, the editing and pacing, and his use of Sturla Brandth Grøvlen’s grainy 16mm cinematography combine with strange potency.” And IndieWire‘s Eric Kohn simply calls it “one of the most original science fiction movies in recent memory.”