Terry Hunter reviews TAR

Updated: Nov. 6, 2022 at 10:06 AM HST
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Two time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett stars in a new movie called TAR. More than 90 percent of the nation’s movie critics praise TAR, but for me her superb performance is the only reason to see it. Blanchett plays Lydia Tar, a gifted maestro, who is also an insufferable narcissist, an arrogant monster whose abusive behavior damages the lives of more than one of the other characters. I’m not saying that an evil character can’t be the focus of a good movie. What I’m saying is that watching this particularly toxic person for 2 hours and 38 minutes made me angry, anxious and eager to escape the theater. I knew TAR would be self indulgent from the start when director Todd Field makes the audience sit through almost five minutes of printed credits before we ever get to see the first scene. The tedium of TAR may well strain your patience. (At Kahala Mall only)