Critic Review - The Age (Australia)

Registers more strongly than the original as a film about privileged white people...

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Comments (5)
The Age (Australia)

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Bill D.

Bill Dyckns

"Registers more strongly than the original as a film about privileged white people" (Jake Wilson)
I question just what you were watching. Just how does this movie portray anything "about" privileged white people? This could have been set in a summer beach house community many average people rent and/or own just before the summer season really begins.
Thereby putting an average family in the same predicament. (Maybe the director and writer placed the story in this setting so the average person wouldn't be frightened to death and cancel their summer vacations or sell off their summer homes)

You better pull your head from your armpit.

"Funny Games" takes the audience into the world of a psychopath, as does "Bug", so acutely, so intensely, so deeply, the audience can only respond with disgust or, as in my case and others, with a deeper, truer insight into this horrid world. Also a great appreciation for the writer, director, caster and actors who hold the whole story together to the very end.
A shame "Funny Games" is seen, mostly, on cable television and had no major publicity and not available for wider circulation in theater's around the United States. I know little about overseas distribution but I'm willing to bet "Funny Games" had a much larger European/Asian theatrical audience than the U.S.

Apr 9 - 10:49 PM

Bill D.

Bill Dyckns

"Registers more strongly than the original as a film about privileged white people" (Jake Wilson)
I question just what you were watching. Just how does this movie portray anything "about" privileged white people? This could have been set in a summer beach house community many average people rent and/or own just before the summer season really begins.
Thereby putting an average family in the same predicament. (Maybe the director and writer placed the story in this setting so the average person wouldn't be frightened to death and cancel their summer vacations or sell off their summer homes)

You better pull your head from your armpit.

"Funny Games" takes the audience into the world of a psychopath, as does "Bug", so acutely, so intensely, so deeply, the audience can only respond with disgust or, as in my case and others, with a deeper, truer insight into this horrid world. Also a great appreciation for the writer, director, caster and actors who hold the whole story together to the very end.
A shame "Funny Games" is seen, mostly, on cable television and had no major publicity and not available for wider circulation in theater's around the United States. I know little about overseas distribution but I'm willing to bet "Funny Games" had a much larger European/Asian theatrical audience than the U.S.
The end still frame just slams home the whole story and what kind of person perpetrated the crime and, in your mind, you understand much too well what and who a psychotic is. Invisible...until it's too late.

Apr 9 - 10:53 PM

SEXUAL F.

SEXUAL FURY

The irony in your response, Bill, is your own privileged frame of reference with your casual assumption and assertion of what you consider "average". On the contrary, "many" "average" people do not own or even rent a house within a summer beach house community. And those that do are predominantly privileged white people.

You repeat your inane assertion again in your last passage with another casual assumption why the director chose to use the setting he did by not wanting the "average person" to be so frightened that they might "sell off their summer homes".

Tell me, Bill, who are the majority of those who own summer homes to possibly sell?

Clue in the form of an acronym: PWP

Oct 18 - 01:07 AM

TheConnorJB

Connor Brennan

You fail.

Apr 29 - 11:27 PM

Bazza

Barry crean

From what i remember its the same scene for scene and line for line as the original, the whole thing with speaking to the audience was cringe, it was lame in german and this was worse, why is mr orange playing a vagina?

Apr 10 - 06:01 PM

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