I've been watching identity movies recently, even though they all got under 40% on Rotten Tomatoes - they actually deserved 60%+. I took a risk with them because RT gives harsh reviews to most movies, apart from the following types: Postmodernist (ironic), Holocaust/Jewish, US propaganda, Feminist, Race issues etc etc. Basically, if your movie is 'politically correct', you get a high grade on RT. Stoopid Sheeple!
The highest reviewed of all the identity movies was Bound, the one about lesbian criminals. It got an AMAZING 92% on RT. The only reason I can see for this rating is the lesbian feminist view expressed throughout - it definitely has nothing to do with the actual quality of the movie. I dare anyone to watch more than 15 minutes without hitting the 'STOP' button. The acting, the script, the clichéd characters, the vain attempts at being 'cool', the oh so obvious flirting, the hilarious symbolism - it's all so embarrassingly AWFUL! Two examples from the first 15 minutes are enough:
1. (Childish) Characterization: we, of course, have the Fem lesbian and the Butch lesbian. The butch one is so butch that she wears a pair of white Y-fronts. What!? HAHAHAHAHA! What is she gonna pull out of the 'Y' - a strapon? ??
2. (Adolescent) Symbolism: As fem lesbian watches on seductively, butch lesbian handi-woman/plumber (yawn) rubs hands up and down pipes until water gushes uncontrollably all over her hands. I wonder what that's all about? Doh! If it had have been a male plumber, it would've been laughed out of the place, and deservedly so.
I will try to watch/get through this drivel in the next few days, just to see if it has any redeeming qualities - ANYTHING at all that justifies a 92% review. I couldn't watch it all in one go - no way!
The scary thing is that Rotten Tomatoes is the world's most popular review aggregator, meaning that this review is the common view :(
Literally, the bottom line:
Equality is logical and cool - stupidity, hypocrisy and '2 wrongs make a right' are not.
Jennifer Tilly's character seems shady and untrustworthy, but by the end she seems to be redeemed and has a happy ending. One she really doesn't deserve. It seems she's no different from her gangster husband and his colleges, and yet she gets what she want in the end.
Its things like that make it hard for me to get over in movies. With a different ending this could have been a lot better, but as it stands it feels a bit meh. A poor ending will do that to you.
Corky is a lesbian who's currently working as a blue collar in an apartment, but one day she meets her next-door neighbors Caesar and Violet. Eventually Violet and Corky start a romance (which is a little graphic in certain scene) and Violet reveals that Caesar has ties to the Mob and asks Corky to help her in stealing 2 million dollars from the Mob.
It is funny to go back and watch the earlier works of a now well-known filmmaker as you can see how they have progressed (for better or worse), and the Wachowskis directorial debut shows you that sometimes your earlier work can outshine your recent efforts. "Bound" counts with some enjoyable performance by its small cast with the highlight being Jon Pantoliano, obviously, in his most hammy performance; the cinematography is impressive for a Dino De Laurentiis production (it is not for nothing that he earned a reputation of being a pinchpenny), pacing that knows when to slow down, and its overall fun to watch. However, despite the praise I have gave this film, it tires really hard to come off as confident and creative thanks to the Wachowskis siblings themselves. The writing tells a story about two arrogant and bland women (that unbelievably fall in love) as they make their way through a legion of clichés in order to obtain what they desire, by crafting a dumb plan to outsmart an even dumber villain and the way their plan transpires is extremely predictable. That basically sums up the issues with the script, plus it completely drops the lesbian theme in the first 20 minutes and then they bring it back for the last 5 minutes. But that's not all, the Wachowskis lack confidence in their directorial abilities (which is more than natural in a directorial debut) as they use every trick they could afford regarding camera work, to the point of becoming annoying.
"Bound" is an entertaining film that tries desperately to craft a Hitchcockian vibe by utilizing every cliché possible and lacks confidence in the directing department. Despite its major flaws this is a solid film in the siblings resume (yes, there is a second good film in their catalog) that will entertaining you as it is essentially dumb fun.