Toni Erdmann Reviews
In contrast to the vast numbers of comedy films, sometimes over-saturated with cheap laughs, 'fashionable' jokes and empty styles (I bet, a trend pushed by commercialization for easy sells), this is instead a very decent film that I enjoyed to watch :)
I despise it on many levels, even though the Wilderpeople, which also had a peculiar tone, didn't alienate me half as much. Maybe it's because this one has an extra hour of runtime? Which I feel is really unnecessary, but then again this isn't my kind of film.
Not sure what to make of it.
Not sure how much my viewing of the film was spoiled by the key dramatic images and critical conceptualisations on the DVD box and printed on the DVD itself (trowelled on, one imagines, in a desperate attempt to grab your attention in an increasingly dire marketplace. So we can purchase a film that they have just partially spoiled. The joys of capitalism.)
For example, calling it a comedy creates significant preconceptions/confusion/jarring sensations right off the bat, especially when the first scene contains a guy 'being funny' (but not particularly so.) As a viewer I was not sure at the time if the film maker was aware that what the guy was doing was not particularly funny. Creating the muddled scene/jarring effect previously referred to.
Perhaps this could have been avoided by better marketing of the film, maybe by presenting it as a drama. Or maybe that scene would have been a muddled scene for the viewer either way. I'm honestly not sure.
It will need a second viewing from me. An interesting film though, I should say.
Winfried Conradi is not seeing his daughter as much as he'd like, so he comes for a surprize visit. And he stays. She is doing loads of important work, but he's there, following her and trying to fit in. As he catches her negative vibes towards him he gets away, but not far - he converts into "Toni Erdmann" a fella into the same business as her, lurking around every corner playing practical jokes on both her and her co-workers and clients.
It got a very weird vibe, it's wide and varied, it's not easy to spot what's coming. Impressively it never felt long, even if it's playtime is 2.5 hours plus. It's really not that funny, even if some weird stand out scenes seem unforgettable. Unique film with some great acting from the two leads, big moments and an overall vibe that shifts from sad to weird, to dark comedy-like.
7 out of 10 cheese graters.