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I watched the brainless insanity of No Such Thing with mounting disbelief.
No Such Thing may be far from perfect, but those small, odd Hartley touches help you warm to it.
Everything's serious, poetic, earnest and -- sadly -- dull.
By the end of No Such Thing the audience, like Beatrice, has a watchful affection for the monster.
Hartley never gets a firm grasp on this material.
What [Hartley] wants, and gets, is a fablish mood.
Instead of arresting a downward-spiralling career, Hartley's latest folly (one of the worst movies in Cannes 2001) shows what happens to an iconoclastic director when he neglects his intsinctive talent for small, quirly indies and goes uproariously big.
For a guy who has waited three years with breathless anticipation for a new Hal Hartley movie to pore over, No Such Thing is a big letdown.
Like the world of his film, Hartley created a monster but didn't know how to handle it.
It's not a particularly good film, but neither is it a monstrous one.
Why did such fine actors sign on to this lollapalooza?
Laced with liberal doses of dark humor, gorgeous exterior photography, and a stable-full of solid performances, No Such Thing is a fascinating little tale.
Robert Burke is brilliant as the monster as is his makeup; Sarah Polley plays against him very nicely; director/composer Hal Hartley's score is a masterpiece; the rest of the film however is a frustrating mess of worthless subplots and underused castmates all rolled up into a lackluster film with a (anti)climax that most will feel cheated by.
This is a well written story made on a shoe string budget. All the character are well developed and there are some beautiful shots of Iceland. The story is about of an immortal rock like creature who has lived since the world was formed. He watched animals evolve to the current period in time. He lives in isolation to avoid the human race, he had a bad run –in with them several hundred years ago. He meets a naïve and beautiful reporter and she convinces him to come back to society. It all goes wrong through the middle of the movie. Helen Merrin plays her exploitive editor. The Movie start and finishes good , but the middle is a little slowly paced and predictable. The shoe string BBC production value can only be compared to the final days of the 70’s era “Doctor Who” I would only recommend this to hard core sci-fi or movie buffs.
I found the main characters inconsistent. A lot of things in the film seem to be have no point. I just didn't get it.
A very unusual film and well worth your time.
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