Ralph Breaks the Internet
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Endlessly infatuated with its own cinematic flamboyance, Paolo Sorrentino's latest aims for profundity but has no more substance than the average flashy TV commercial.
All the surface style is properly wrapped around ideas of substance.
The film fails singularly to provide any character worth caring about.
Paolo Sorrentino's third feature The Family Friend expands the maverick helmer's singular vision, though this time he's crafted a more complex world to illustrate his philosophy: everyone steals, and everyone is unhappy.
Sorrentino is often accused of being all style and no substance, but on the contrary his films are carefully built around the contrast between surface appearances and hidden depths.
For many directors this would be counted as a considerable success, but from the director of The Consequences Of Love, it seems like a disappointment. It's smart, it looks great and there are fantastic characters, but the motive power just isn't there.
Wrangling the characters in vividly coloured tableaux, he dazzles the viewer with an array of enigmatic images.
Cuts a fine balance between the stylised and the austere.
A single viewing doesn't do justice to this film's singular visual imagination.
Artistically, this scathing assault on human frailty couldn't be more accomplished. But there's something mechanical about the central characters' cynicism and their ultimate abasement.
The entire film is subdued, but film fans who are fed up with nonstop action will love it.
Whereas Tita, the protagonist of Le conseguenze dell'amore, was a gracefully desperate man, Geremia is just plain ugly.
Unusual and uneven tale of an unattractive small time loan shark and his trouble with women. Admittedly stunning visual style and left field music can't quite compensate for the willful eccentricity which often seems forced and unnecessary.
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