Critic Consensus: Though it's lengthy and doesn't always walk the line between schlock and kitschy homage successfully, Viva's lovely visuals and knowing humor are undeniable.
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Critic Reviews for Viva
Anna Biller's 1970s-styled sexploitation parody Viva may at times come too close to the real thing, but there's a welcome delight in the film's unapologetic and total submersion into cheap thrills.
The movie wears out its welcome long before it meanders to a close at 121 minutes. But as a kinky costume party it's watchable, if only for the smutty sex scenes and Biller's bold pop-art decor.
At an epic two hours the stilted dialogue and eye-scorchingly oversaturated film stock threaten to test the patience. But as a self-conscious exercise in kitsch graverobbing, 'Viva' succeeds.
Audience Reviews for Viva
Satire? Homage? Recreation? VIVA does a remarkable job recreating the look and much of the style of 70s sexploitation movies. At an hour it might have been a fun little homage to the genre. Going on and on for two hours, it creates a rather dystopian story of free love.
This movie was a major disappointment. Anna Biller tries very hard to live in the world of the 70s. She succeeds tremendously at creating and crafting (literally, I mean most of the sets she made herself) every little detail that is 70s. She does a great job and should be commended for that alone. However, the stilted dialogue, the overlong running time and the tremendously crappy way it's captured makes me want to ACTUALLY pull out a REAL movie from the 70s. This was dull to it's core.
While this attempt to recreate 60s/70s exploitation films does capture the look and feel of those films, it unfortunately captures the attitudes of the misogynist leisure-suit crowd a little too well. Rape in this narrative is not addressed as a serious problem, but instead as a freaky dramatic thing to happen, from which characters seem to bounce back from with no psychological recrimination. And once you find out that the woman who stars in it also WROTE it, the fact that every character who graces the screen (even gay men) makes declarations of her beauty and sexiness makes it little more than annoying, narcissistic wish-fullfillment. It's on a par with a 15 year old girl writing fanfiction in which her "Mary Sue" character wins the love of all her favorite movie actors. I'm so sorry I saw this turkey!
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