Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
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With a running time of two hours, the picture is divided into two. At sixty minutes, we have seen all there is to see in the meeting of strangers. At minute sixty-one, we are thrusted back into the story, title card included, where Cheon-soo is looking around an unfamiliar place-but now familiar to us-just as he did when we first laid eyes on his unconfident demeanor. And therein lies the magic of the film: It is a second chance to look at something... but this time more closely, more intensely. We note of similarities and differences, obvious and subtle: the placement of the camera, when it decides to go in for a closeup, how characters react to one another and what they choose to reveal or keep hidden depending on the flow of conversation. We have all been in a situation where we wondered what might have happened if we have done or said something differently, had been more honest, more daring or straightforward.
This film overthinks the consequences of real life interactions, giving insight in the 'mechanics' of relationships in a society. Interesting.
It is a story retold twice about an art house director meeting a painter in a provincial town.
In the first part, the director is not 100% honest in his interactions and that leads to a disappointment. In the second part (a repeat of the same circumstance, but with protagonists behaving differently), he is more open about his opinions and the
outcome is charming.
I don't know how much of the real-life movie director's (Sang-soo Hong) romance with
the main actress (Kim Min-hee) is reflected in this movie, but it is an honest look at a
real life circumstance.
It is a variation on Ground Hog Day, but the differences between the 2 parts and the style
are more subtle.
Half way through the film when I realized I was about to watch it again I felt like I was wasting my time. Luckily, the film made itself interesting again. Not necessarily a moral lesson, but close, the film goes about the right way of connecting with people. Neither way gets the lead character laid however. Wholesome for when you need it.
Wonderful meditation on the creative process.
Subtle, funny, thoughtful, a bit moving. It can feel like a slog at times, especially if you went in not knowing what to expect, but it's a worthwhile film.
Wrong now, wrong then.
Sang-soo Hong pulls out the best out of those two actors. He allows us in as a third person witnessing this poignant story
Don't listen to Gene J.
Don't listen to Blake.