This film breaks almost every cinematic boundary imaginable. With an unconventional narrative, incredible cinematography, creative camera techniques and the help of superb actors, Gaspar Noe crafts the single most harrowing fictional film I have ever seen. And that might be because it doesn't feel fictional at all. This is not a film that aesthaticizes it's violence. The camera lingers on the disturbing imagery way too long and the atmosphere is really unpleasant, gritty and feverish. It is the most progressive study of the evil in man, the determination of life and the inescapability of pain ever put to film.
Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy are two of the most promising young actresses Hollywood has to offer. That's why I was pretty excited to see this film and had high expectations. But sadly, I must say, it left me feeling kinda disappointed. While it's definitely not their fault, I didn't like it. It had some great shots and beautiful scenery, but the whole thing was tonally inconsistent and the two protagonists were spoiled, annoying little brats. Their motivations did not make any sense to me.
This wanted to be a modern day Hitchcock so bad that it forgets to shape an own identity.
Jordan Peele crafts yet another creative and witty Horror film. His understanding of how and when to use humor is immense and works incredibly well, never disrupting the tensity of the film. The soundtrack is phenomenal and used very well. I also really liked where the story goes. I loved it when Get Out took the story of one guy and made it more extensive, but this one ups the ante. The ending is perfect, there was no better way…
On a technical level, this film is without a doubt perfect. But, taking the runtime into consideration, there is honestly not that much going on here. Obviously, it is an arthouse project but that doesn't mean that it cannot have pacing issues.
The film has an incredible aesthetic though which pulled me back in after I got a bit bored around the 1 hour mark. This is certainly one of these films that make the viewer feel like being in…