3. "One of the most pessimistic movies I've ever seen." In response to Reply # 0
And also really funny.
I'll admit that I think it's at least a half hour too long, but I also think the oppressive quality of the length (full disclosure: I went in knowing literally nothing about this movie, least of all its runtime, so to say I was shocked would be an understatement lol) plays into the futility of the whole thing.
Afterwards, I said to a friend, this is both Aster's "Magnolia" and his answer to that movie's hopefulness. There is absolutely no hope in this movie.