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In addition to being borderline unendurable, Funny Games is inexplicable, and I don't mean in any philosophical sense. Who thought the world needed a shot-for-shot English-language version of Mr. Haneke's 1997 German-language film?
Haneke has constructed a gimmicky, pretentious mess that deservedly or not, will generate controversy. After all, generating controversy with Funny Games is Haneke's unabashed goal; would that it was making a better film.
Either one subscribes to Haneke's breathless nihilism and sarcasm or you give up immediately and write the whole thing off as another Eurotrash director masturbating with his camera...my personal choice is a nap.
With the cult of cruelty wallpapering the media more than ever, and murders, wars and celebrity breakdowns as spectator sport, it was inevitable that the cinema of sadism would grab the untapped egghead arthouse crowd market. And the stampede is on.