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Discussion in 'General' started by CPT HOOK, Jan 10, 2019.
From the writer / director of Nightcrawler.
Premieres on NetFlix on February 1st.
I want to say I loved this trailer because of the "bait & switch" narrative, but I think they reveled a bit too much. It still looks pretty damn good though. Hopefully this will help Dan Gilroy bounce back after the painfully boring film that was "Roman J, Israel ESQ."
As mentioned, that trailer reveals WAY too much, including the deaths of several major characters. So if you haven't watched it, DON'T. I watched it once when I originally posted this, so fortunately I had forgotten it all by the time I watched the movie.
As for the movie, I loved it. It's not as good as Nightcrawler, but it's similarly sharp and scathingly satirical. It's a stylish horror movie about art murdering art critics and social climbers, but it's also a heavily layered satire about the commercialism of art. If you intend to watch it just as a horror movie, you will probably walk away disappointed. The horror and social commentary complement each other perfectly here, and I'm not sure if one would work without the other.
I was looking forward to this, but was disappointed, there were a couple of nice set-pieces, the homage to Tenebrae was fun, I loved the creepy robot, but I hated every character. I'm sure that's the point, but I found it a slog to share nearly 2 hours with them.
It was a 2-hour "Tales From the Darkside" episode. Considering the incredible talent involved, I was completely disappointed.
We watched 20 min and then shut it off. Horrible. Even the acting. Normally I like Gyllenhal and Malkovic but dear god. Netflix kind of sucks now.
I made it through 45 minutes. The dialogue and the pacing left quite a bit to be desired.
Ok, this was not only bad, but I'm now convinced Dan Gilroy's career will go the same way as Richard Kelly's. The whole way through I felt like I was watching a more pretentious and sterilized version of a Blumhouse Film. The run time is artificially inflated with too many useless side characters and uninteresting subplots. This is an impressive feat considering the cast, featuring a tired and bored John Malkovich, an underutilized Toni Collette and Daveed Diggs, and Jake Gyllenhaal - who puts legitimate effort into his performance compared to the rest of his co stars - but his character is horribly underdeveloped, and then there is Zawe Ashton, who plays Gyllenhaal's love interest - the two have zero on screen chemistry - and she may be the worst actor in the film, often looking confused and unsure of what her character is supose to be thinking or feeling.
The run time is the biggest problem though. What we get is scene after scene of characters often saying or doing things of little to no consequence. I get that Gilroy was trying to get across how narcissistic and self serving all the characters were - the funeral scene comes to mind - but almost all of the moments of "Character development" might as well have been characters just saying "Blah, blah, blah" to one another. That is how little of importance these moments were.
I liked the idea behind a satire that pokes fun at the art world, art critics, and LA culture, but instead of doing something entertaining to the effect of Ruben Östlund's "The Square" we get a boring character drama/thriller, with zero thrills and little in terms of drama. It's funny that Netflix is trying to sell this as a horror film, when the horror elements feel contrived and completely forced into the plot. I'm honestly wondering if Gilroy's original rough draft had the intentions of a horror film in mind?
A boring, tedious waste of two hours. Pass.