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Tuesday, September 16, 2014


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Desmond Shang

My take (and perhaps only mine) ~ to "get" Ari Folman, it's kind of important to get into the character's heads yourself, and live their experiences; more than the specific details of this or that scene.

If ever there was a movie that asked a lot of its audience, it's the Congress. Not just in the 'ooh cool concept, dude!' sort of way, but in the inherently disconnected, disorienting way the characters have to experience it.

If you are looking for linear storytelling and bog standard sci fi, there's Avatar. It's pretty, it's carefully expositioned and tailored by focus group showings, and gives everyone the Pocohontas story (but with aliens).

Ari Folman is none of those things. His movies may not be perfect by any means, but at last here's a movie *not* designed for audience consumption exactly like cat food.

If anything, if there was one major 'mistake' in fundamental execution ~ this should have been live on stage, not a movie at all.

CronoCloud Creeggan

Thanks for the update on it, Hamlet. I had wondered if it had been released yet since I hadn't seen a trailer on TV.

@Desmond: But I thought we liked cat food?

Wagner James Au

Interesting take, Des. I didn't mind the disconnection so much as there being not much of an emotional throughline on it. Wright forgets about her son for large portions of the movie and just kinda floats through it. She doesn't even see too engaged with the losing of her identity. I totally loved the director's last movie, "Waltz with Bashir", so was really surprised how this one didn't work for me at all.

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