The Great Buddha+ (2017)
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Critic Reviews for The Great Buddha+
Most importantly, the pic gets laughs out of the class system without being glib about its cruelties. The gulf between rich and poor clearly matters to Huang, who poignantly shows how poverty robs even the dead of dignity.
The good cheer goes a long way in countering the knee-jerk cynicism, which grows tiresome well before the end.
This ballad of sad losers mixed with satire on parochial politics is convulsively funny yet uncompromisingly bleak, bridging art with entertainment.
The Great Buddha+ doesn't deliver a satisfying conclusion, which makes the whole film slightly exhausting to watch.
This compassion allows for a more in-depth connection to the interiority of characters... and elevates the story into a kind of folklore or moral tale.
The scathing social critique of The Great Buddha + is comparable to that of Marco Ferreri's Spanish black comedies... in which an underclass' universe is portrayed with vitriolic humor mixed with tenderness. [Full review in Spanish]
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