“I’m a new machine!” “#2 is not an option”

I cannot recall in cinematic history a story that explored masculinity and what is means to be a man with such honesty. Shults, with a strong ensemble cast, looks at masculinity from societal expectations, parental expectations, and how those expectations impact their own identity. What happens when they break? What happens when they have to really look at themselves in the eyes? Can they forgive themselves and move past buried regrets?

With such tenderness, “Waves” deeply examines the impacts to the women in their lives. We are part of the damage from their brokenness. We see that in the stories of Catherine, Emily, and Alexa.

To quote Frederick Douglass “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Was the strength he talking also included empathy and forgiveness and self-love? Think about the men in your life and answer that question for yourself.


From the desk of Dr. Dion Metzger:

“Waves” was intense. I should have worn my heart rate monitor to see how long my heart rate was elevated. In the first half, there’s so many scenes when you’re waiting for the boom to happen to the point that I got exhausted. The second half then takes a sharp turn where it almost felt like a sequel rather than a second part of the film. “Waves” definitely isn’t for everyone and honestly wasn’t for me. It felt like a mash up of “Moonlight” and HBO’s series “Euphoria”. The vivid imagery and powerful soundtrack unfortunately didn’t make up for the holes in the storyline.

Disclaimer: Do not see this film if you are currently grieving…or have a history of seizures.


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Directed By: Trey Edward Shults

Starring: Taylor Russell, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Alexa Demie, Sterling K. Brown

Runtime: 2 hrs, 15 mins

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