Review: Waves one of the best films of the year

The movie Waves arrives in cinemas this week and, while not wanting to give away its big surprise, Newshub Entertainment Editor Kate Rodger is rating it very highly.

2020 feels like December already. So it feels kinda right that one of the best films of the year has arrived already. 

From the young filmmaker behind festival horror-hit It Comes At Night comes an entirely different story packing an enormous emotional punch.

Leading the charge is high school senior Tyler who's on his way to academic and sporting greatest at his local Florida high school. He's from a wealthy hard-working family, with a father who came from very little and rides his son to be everything he couldn't be at his age.

When things unravel, it won't be in a way you expect.

For those of you who really dig a nuanced hypnotic score, Oscar-winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross weave their magic here and along with the fresh, mesmerizing cinematography, they collectively elevate the narrative here to an almost spiritual experience.

Throw in a story you never see coming, told in a way which never gives anything away, and you have the perfect excuse to get out of those jimmy-jams and get to a cinema.

I will be watching the career of Kelvin Harrison jr, his performance here as Tyler is so very powerful and anchors one of the best films of the year so far.

Five stars.