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If there's an undercurrent of impending cataclysm in today's culture, 'Kaboom' senses that feeling, seizes it in a surreal clinch and hurtles with it off a cliff.
Designed to have its own fun, filled to the brim with bangs of all kinds but mostly landing with a whimper.
What pop spectacle!
The film is Araki's most ambitious to date, with a quick pace, music that's hip and cool and a mood that alternates between playful and eccentric.
All that's truly strange here though is that Araki gets so few jolts or laughs from this hodge-podge of genres.
Araki deserves credit for maintaining his independent spirit. But "Kaboom" is short on impact.
Watch with friends.
The thing that saves Kaboom from being just a tiresome sex farce or yet another camptastic David Lynch spoof is its amazing cuteness.
Call it Scooby-Doo on animal nitrate.
Shot in blinding colors, with an eye for artifice and a fixation on flesh, Kaboom is one happy, horny movie.
Kaboom plays out like a a ridiculously campy, and poorly written comic book. It's not very coherent and has a terrible ending.
Araki has crafted an entertaining, violently funny movie that's amongst his best work yet.
A disjointed film in which everything seems painfully arbitrary and with no sense of purpose, suffering from an unfocused script, a clumsy direction and an expository last scene - and it isn't funny as a hipster comedy nor intriguing enough as a mystery as it wants to be.
Kaboom is a schizophrenic melding of two different films. It presents a mildly entertaining, bizarro apocalyptic fable that is buried under a lot of drek. What a shame that everything is ultimately explained in a hastily executed wrap up in the last 10 minutes. The explosive streams of vernacular coming from the mouths of the entire cast is a recklessly spoken explosion of words meant to clarify what we've been watching. It renders the whole account as arbitrary and meaningless. I couldn't possibly do justice to the ridiculous conclusion. Perhaps the producers were running out of money and Araki had to quickly end this mess. I know you pretty much get what you deserve when you choose to watch a Gregg Araki flick, but good heavens, Kaboom is really out there, even for him.
Won't be for everyone, but I quite liked it. Visually pretty to look at with an attractive cast. The story is way out there, but anyone who's seen this director's work before knows what to expect - weirdness.
If you like a conventional storyline or are homophobic, you're probably better to avoid this, but those who like something a little different may find this interesting.
A really trippy gay movie on acid that, while doesn't completely set all its cilinders on fire, delivers 90 minutes of near mindless stilish fun.
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