James Gray directs again with the participation of the greatest stars. In Armageddon Time, the director returns to his 1980s childhood. A little boy tries to understand what this “American dream” is all about, in Queens, New York. Is it winning at any cost or maybe showing others just a little bit of kindness?
“Armageddon Time,” Gray’s eighth feature, marks a break from most of what he has done before. It’s a more personal project — an autobiographical coming-of-age memoir movie, set in Queens, New York, in 1980 and featuring an 11-year-old hero, Paul Graff (Banks Repeta), who navigates the sixth grade and the wider world that starts to feed into it. It’s a skillful, exacting, beguiling movie. But the other Gray movie — in this case, a high-handed progressive instructional one — looms as well.
‘Armageddon Time’ Review: James Gray’s Deft 1980 Coming-of-Age Memoir Is an Old-School Liberal Message Movie in Progressive Drag (variety.com)
James Gray was born in 1969. His debut, Little Odessa, won the Silver Lion in Venice. He has worked with the biggest stars, including Brad Pitt in the Ad Astra show and Joaquin Phoenix in We Own the Night. Five of his films premiered in Cannes, including the latest drama Armageddon Time, starring Anne Hathaway and Anthony Hopkins. It is very likely that I don’t have the talent to have a long, interesting career, he told „The Hollywood Reporter.” But I'm not going to give up.
1994 Mała Odessa / Little Odessa
2007 Królowie nocy / We Own the Night
2016 Zaginione miasto Z / The Lost City of Z
2019 Ad Astra
2022 Armagedon / Armageddon Time