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Usually I do not go out of my way to give poor reviews; if I don't like a film, normally I just don't bother.
Since I AM an avid fan of Surreal, Abstract, and vague Art films, I felt that I really should leave some comments. SERIOUSLY, I really LOVE David Lynch, Jean DeCocteau, and even some Jodorowski, etc. But this film... It just left me ABSOLUTELY cold. Period.
I mean, honestly, I really do like way out SUPER weird films, I do. But, when all I see is a bunch of quick, senseless edits, constant repetitive shots of people squawking, and just a TOTAL mishmash with, and here is THE key, NO real atmosphere or mood at all, at least ZERO created for me while watching this... THEN I just have to be totally honest and say, 'This is completely meaningless; it really is.
For example, let's say in 'ERASERHEAD', you have many, MANY long scenes where it looks like nothing is happening and so on the surface it LOOKS like just long, static shots. BUT... and it is a BIG BUT like Mariah Carreys, There is MOOD pouring and dripping from every damn frame. Intensity with layers of underlying tension in the soundtrack. The lighting is to die for, etc., etc., etc...
But, with this film, you don't even get any of that. YES, there are individual shots that could be construed as creative stills, but the way they are all put together, or NOT put together doesn't end up really doing very much for me at all, cinematically, mood-wise,or in any way really...
I DO respect the fact though that others here apparently really do like the film and in some way that I do not understand it resonates with them as an authentic artwork and does indeed DO something for them personally. I guess whatever it is that others ARE relating to in this film, must be passing me by and I'm not seeing what they see. I suppose what you can take from this is that if you are like me and you like your Surrealism / Artfilms to be more ponderous and indirect and more heavily laced with a deep moodiness such as Lynch's 'ERASERHEAD' where you appreciate the silences and pauses and it is more an appeal to the dark subconscious, then you may not like this film where there is more frenetic editing and the imagery, at least in my lowly opinion, is much more obvious and overt with big, fat, old, naked men lying on the floor with their little wee wee's and fat bellies hanging out and quick close-ups of his lined face, and fast, choppy edits between people's faces and dark rooms, and then back again as they let out these bizarre baying sounds. Sorry, just not my kind of stuff...
I'm afraid that I must side with others here who are panning this film; maybe I'm just missing something, and I DID give it a '3' because the B&W photography looked nice. But quite honestly as far as I'm concerned, I think It rather rip my own testicles off then have to sit through this movie (let's hope it doesn't come to that...)
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