Most definitely, we are already lining up the likes of Muppets Christmas Carol and Home alone. What is your favourite holiday film ? Any hidden gems for the season you can recommend ? Stay out of the cold. :-)
" ... I was in this room, see, this big, huge dark room, and it was filled, every inch of it, with chairs, all of 'em facing one direction like, like a church maybe, only the chairs were facing a blank wall. Can ya imagine? A blank wall! And the floor had food on it, like there had been a party or something in there, only it had been before I got there.
Then suddenly the lights went out. I blinked my eyes trying to get 'em adjusted to the dark when the blank wall lit up, and there was sound from everywhere. And the wall wasn't blank anymore but instead ... there was everything on it, everything, everything you could ever think of, and more. Lots more. And smiling people, friendly, like nobody you ever met. And they seemed ... they wanted me. They beckoned, calling for me. I could barely make it out, but I could hear 'em ...
The dream... "
Amping up the ante a wee bit, the story about the people's revolution against the government goes on with our young heroine struggling to fight the power. More money and star power (I'll admit I audibly gasped when Phillip Seymour Hoffman first appears) than the first, and a bit more refinement, too. The big showdown is yet to come though. One hopes it comes with better writing.
Exploitation of the youth market is nothing new, nor is the same masquerading as social commentary. The only rarity is how well Harmony Korine manages this overlong music video/Abercombie & Fitch commercial. The basement party crowd get their prerequisite boobs and gunplay, the social commentary crowd get ... not so much, which is better for the basement party set anyway. Like many American International films before it, you can wait to see it.
Riding on the coattails of the popularity of The Sting and Bonnie and Clyde before it, Walter Hill's Depression era tale, while Hollywood's picturesque version of the times (even the dirt is cleaner), and often with the puppeteer's strings very much in evidence, it still charms through the work of the familiar experienced cast that sells the by now cliche story of the iconic mysterious stranger coming to town to change everything. And Strother Martin!
Not for everyone, and especially not for those who prefer their plots spoon-fed to them, much less to make sense, Ritchie does some knocking on Scorcese territorial doors with this hallucinagenic gangster/chinese box of a filmic exercise in (ulp!) psychological self-discovery (in a movie?!? say it ain't so!!!) ... ... that fails in one important aspect: we remain unconnected to our main character, thus rendering the many and varied contortions moot. Ineffectual. Things happen and you're like "whatever." Nonetheless, there are interesting segments throughout, and rarely a dull moment. I liked it more than it deserved. That can happen sometimes.