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I May Destroy You
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Story/Screenplay: (3.5/5) In concept, an interesting story. In execution, a bit confusing due to the characters having French names and titles that were unintelligible or that sounded too similar to each other. It would probably be easier to follow the story reading the screenplay instead of watching the film, or if the characters had names like Bill, or Joe, or Alice. With respect to the content of the story, watching deceitful powerful people lie and cheat for nearly 119 minutes, without retribution, was almost unbearable. Setting this unpleasantness aside, the story was able to match its potential and could be quite engaging at times.
Duration/Tempo: (2/5) At 1 hour and 59 minutes, it's a long movie that felt like a very long movie.
Cast & Crew: (4/5) Glenn Close and John Malkovich were top-notch in their roles, and as such were loathsome as their characters. Well done. Nice to see Keanu Reeves and Uma Thurman when they were still young and before their careers ascended.
Summary: (3.5/5) The film started feeling long before its end, but the story and cast were both good. Overall, a thumbs up.
The costumes and production design are impeccable - absolutely worthy Oscar winners. Close and Malkovich are excellent too - even if the plot isn’t especially engaging or interesting.
Absolutely masterfully crafted and performed. Beautiful in writing and design.
I didn't believe many of the performances and thought it was a poor adaptation.
One of my favourite movies of all time. A must see!
Wonderful acting by most all, but then there is the almost unwatchable and unlistenable John Malkovich, grossly miscast. I also have a huge problem with the talky confusing dialogue driven plot. Skip the fact that Glenn Close asks Malkovich to seduce Uma, because that plot line is dropped a second later. He refuses and says he’s after Michelle. So what? Based on what this conversation started with, who is Michelle to Glenn, and why should Glenn care? Seems like the plot should end there. Then Glenn says if Malkovich succeeds with Michele, and brings proof, Glenn will have sex with him. Really? When was it established that he wanted her? so Glenn’s original proposition is pointless and the driving motivation is ill defined. If this sounds convoluted, it is. And made worse by titles and names that are hard to register and identify with. I wanted to love this, but I merely respect it’s beautiful production, Glenn and Michele, wish to God they had cast a believable actor in place of Malkovich.
The extravagant set pieces, witty script and well tuned cast, all deserve an equal share of the praise here as the film would have definitely been noticeably inferior had any one of those three components been lacking. It is impossible for me to not make comparisons to The Favourite, with regard to both aesthetics and tone, as the script proved as delightfully humorous at times as it was seductively immersive. 7.5/10
Mesmerising period piece with great performances about gossip, seduction, and amorality.
A total waste of time.
Sex, humor, style, intrigue, great performances...you'll be laughing until you realize it's a tragedy of misspent lives, waste and ruin.