Initially found this rather banal and insipid, full of wishy-washy babyisms about nature and love, and trite dialogue to do with the couple. Super bad acting, as well. But some of the editing here is really zippy and fun, and I love the berserk, sour finale that just leaps out at you and ends on a kind of "... oh" note.
On a second watch the film's immense technical achievements pop even more than the first time, somehow - and the psychological welly of it is certainly more crushing.
On that first point: there are some bravura set pieces, not least the incredible scene in Paju with the shifting light as the sun goes down, with flocks of birds wing-clacking in the distance, houselights gradually glimmering on the horizon, and three stoned people sounding each other out in the darkening penumbra;…
This film is a gift. I was expecting, at best, a smart superhero movie for young fans of that sort of thing - but this film is so much more than that. I think it's actually an important film: its message, that anybody can be the hero, runs completely counter to the proto-fascism of the horrific superhero drivel we see in other films, and is therefore radical and revolutionary. Its take on empowerment and identity politics seems to me to…