It wasn't bad, not even a little bit. I just didn't really get what I wanted from it. I expected a horror movie with an artistic edge; what I got was a strange art film with horror motifs sprinkled in.
The score was awesome. Cage's performance was easily one of his best. The atmosphere was creepy and unsettling. But at the end of the day, it was more like an art house fever dream as opposed to a typical "vengeance horror" movie.
The weird camera work. The excessively long, silent shots of a character's face. The unnecessary animated sequences that seemed shoehorned in at the last minute. It was a bit all over the place.
It took SO LONG to really get going, and once it did, it felt like there wasn't enough meat in the overall film to justify all the artsy filler. The much-awaited kills are pretty fun and gruesome and satisfying. But the final "showdown" with the main antagonist was unbelievably anticlimactic- rather than a fight, you get a wimpy villain unsuccessfully begging for his life. It's over before you can blink. Cage did an amazing job selling his raw emotion and catatonic despair, which is why I was ultimately left wanting more. Yes, he exacts his revenge. But for a 2 hour movie, I would have liked more than 30 or so minutes of actual HORROR.
All that aside, it was different and strange and entertaining enough to hold my interest til the end. It's a cool movie for sure, but if you're looking for the traditional gooey, squishy revenge movie, this may not be enough to hold your interest.
I'd definitely say it's an art house film. The filmmaker uses the colours red, blue and purple to simulate psychedelic experience. Excerpts of 80's American cultural references were used to highlight the life back then. Frankly, I don't quite understand the connection between the mention of planets and the visual style of the sky in the film, plus also the animation inserted in between some scenes.
Nicolas Cage portrayal of Red Miller is stunning. The whole thing just left you wondered about the characters' life before and after the horrific incident.
Check it out if you don't mind a fairly slow-paced story that leaves you wanting to see it to the end.
I'll give Mandy this. It is visually arresting and relentlessly consistent in its artistic treatment of this hellish, brutal material. And red. Very, very red.
Beyond that, this is a pointless, painful and overly-long slog through sometimes laughable revenge porn set pieces. I was hoping this would be Nic's Pulp Fiction. A career resuscitator. Cage's very own Kill Bill. But this might be my least liked Cage vehicle. And I've seen 211.
Message to Friend 1 after seeing Mandy:
Best acid trip I ever took.
There's too many words and not enough. Silence is precious among my running thoughts. I can't explain.
Really, go watch Mandy now. Make sure you have good sound.
Crazy f*cking movie; really really good. Amazing visuals, incredible sound, very little dialogue but none needed. Very simple story that scared the daylights out of me during the Mandy's trip scene. Gory, visceral, the power of love, good & evil. What the mind tells us to do even when the message is far-fetched or outright insane.
Most of all no Hollywood PC narrative to be found at all. What a gift!
Second recommendation to Friend 2:
By the way, you have to see this movie called Mandy.
It's... remember how back in the 80's we used to record ourselves on acid and it would be all gobbledegook when we'd play it back? Mandy is someone's trip and they remembered everything. In sequence. With the 12 Steps of storytelling. And shared it directly with the viewer. Like osmosis.
Use good sound if you watch it. It's amazing. Really good film. Fantasy/Horror.
Pays homage to:
Argento/ all his work
Roger Corman /I Spit on Your Grave
De Palma/ Scarface
Sam Raimi/Evil Dead
Oliver Stone/Natural Born Killers
Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarentino/ Grindhouse
Even Lord of The Rings with some of the set design. ( I'm thinking The Pits of Mordor and the fantasy aspect.)
Kubrik/ The Shining (Mandy is a dead look a like for Shelly Duval with more range in just 1 glance. Also, the bathroom scene is right out of The Shining.
Hints of Wes Anderson in some of the set design. I'm thinking of the warm hues in particular the bathroom scene.
Roman Polanski/ Rosemary's Baby, The Tenant (psychological horror)
Big shout out to Dracula (Cage's friend is Van Helping)
Shout out to the 1980"s and the 80's the age of Satanic killings in America.
Just well done film. I'd give it 5 stars but there were some moments that lagged. It's a minor thing. I'd give 4 1/2 stars if that was an option..
Go see this film!