I know this is going to be a terribly unpopular opinion, but here it goes... Alphonso Cuaron’s ROMA is gorgeous, lovingly handled... and boring. Don’t get me wrong: there is a master filmmaker at work here. Every sequence is deliberate, carefully constructed, the sound design is immaculate, and (mmmm) the black and white cinematography is just downright yummy. In addition, there are sequences that are truly inspired (the riot, the delivery room, and the beach to name a few). BUT the story (is there one?) is far FAR too thin for my taste, and set to a pace so unbearably slow, I found myself wanting it to end. I know I am clearly in the minority on this one, but give me A STAR IS BORN or FIRST MAN or BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS any day.