(3,045)7.62 h 15 min2019X-RayR
The epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family - led by a well-intentioned but domineering father - as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss.
Trey Edward Shults
Sterling K. BrownKelvin Harrison Jr.Lucas Hedges
DramaRomanceArts, Entertainment, and Culture
English [CC]
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Taylor Russell
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AnnaReviewed in the United States on February 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Easily the best of 2019
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My parents were in town and we went to see this. I had to walk out close to the end bc it hit too close to home. So I rented it here. The performances, particularly the Dad, were profound. The direction, the cinematography. The content. The use of dialogue versus voyeurism to tell the story. When I learned that it wasn't nominated for multiple Oscars, I discarded the Oscars. This is life, told without boundaries, but still ultimately achieving that from tragedy comes hope, and that life can still be every bit as beautiful. If you let yourself see it.
49 people found this helpful
YIggyReviewed in the United States on January 29, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Powerfully moving, and profound
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Waves is full of subtle filmed moments of warmth, and tenderness juxtaposed with violent jabs of anguish and grief. What a stunning film about a family's journey toward healing and love. I was completely enthralled by the cinematography and acting. I highly recommend it!
31 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 27, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shockingly beautiful
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When I saw the trailer for this one, I really wasn't sure if it'd be up my alley. But I am SO glad I rented it anyway.

This movie is wonderfully human. The story has so many moments that are just real; no matter how intense, or difficult, or joyful those moments are, they're just real. The soundtrack, mixed with the cinematography, is incredible--totally immersive and visceral. And the acting is beyond comparison.

Overall I'd recommend this in a heartbeat if you want to go on an emotional journey and have a true cinematic experience!
24 people found this helpful
PCMReviewed in the United States on February 8, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best I’ve seen in 2019 & 2020. We don’t need Oscar it’s “faded anyway
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Sterling is a favorite of mine. I love his body of work. There was not one weak performance from anyone. The reality that brad, zellwger, scarlet get awarded because they are... well who they are. Yet the main four in this piece were not recognized along with other very strong performances of 2019. The salt in this wound is there’s only18 views on Prime. Is sadder than any scene I just watched. Good job cast I’m watching you always.
19 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on August 3, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully made film about brother & sister dealing with pain
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Waves is about a middle class African American family in Florida. The movie focuses upon Tyler (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) and Emily (Taylor Russell) the two kids in the family. Tyler is a high school wrestler with a girlfriend named Alexis (Alexa Demie). His dad (Sterling K. Brown) is very demanding always pushing him to work out, to be a better wrestler, to do better in school. Emily is the quiet and shy one in the family. She comes into her own in the second half of the film. The story is about how the family deals with pain.

The story begins with how everything seems normal for Tyler. The problems start when Tyler hides how bad his shoulder is hurt from everyone and Alexis gets pregnant. He’s afraid of what will happen to his dreams and what his father will think. Then things quickly start spinning out of control. He doesn’t know how to deal with his problems and makes things worse. Like a lot of young people he can’t deal with his feelings and frustrations. His story is the first half of Waves.

The second part is all about Emily. She’s guilt ridden over Tyler and withdraws from everyone. She meets an awkward boy named Luke (Lucas Hedges) and they start dating. He brings her out of her shell and allows her to live again. It’s the love she finds and receives from Luke that transforms her.

The contrast between the siblings draws a sharp comparison in the two halves of the movie. Not only are their personalities exact opposites but so are the moods of the two parts. The cinematography also changes with Tyler’s half using dark hues and Emily’s being much brighter.

The movie is beautifully shot. The color contrasts and angles really stand out. It goes with this very moody and emotional film.
9 people found this helpful
AngelaReviewed in the United States on January 25, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Mixed feelings
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The acting was phenomenal. There were some serious color balance issues especially in the first half of the movie that was really distracting for me. I also felt the movie was a little long-winded. However, the story-line was interesting...The directing was unique and overall the movie was beautiful and thought-provoking, but not sure I'd watch it again.
14 people found this helpful
princesslunamoon12Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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So happy that I own this movie now. This was one of my favourite films of 2019. This is a fantastic movie and I can’t recommend it enough.
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LaylaReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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this movie, the shots, the soundtrack, the storyline. beautiful and heart breaking. the soundtrack seriously made me geek out. definitely a new favorite ahhhhhhhh i can't do it justice in words
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