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I May Destroy You
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Very funny and a hell of a lot of fun, right down to the awful stop-motion. The acting's awful and it has a bad habit of being a little too bloody for it's own good, but why carp? Inventive '80s horror needs to come back, stat.
since this was based off of a Phillip K. Dick short story, I was expecting something far more profound and loud (like, say, Blade Runner or Total Recall). It wasn't that at all, and I feel that it benefited from telling its story in such an understated way.
This was infamous in '89 for being uncompromising in its brutality, and was one of the major reasons NC-17 came to be. For those two reasons, most buffs are likely familiar with this movie (or have, at the very least, heard the name mentioned a couple of times).
I have a bad habit of nursing films that are built up to this degree -- this is why I regularly watch obscure titles nobody cares about, and keep forgetting to watch stuff like Casablanca and Citizen Kane. This, however, had the NC-17 attached to it, and whenever I see those four characters I just have to know what in the hell brought it on.
As for the film...well, I could write page after page, since Peter Greenaway is far from subtle. But I'm not being paid for this. Simply put, it's impeccable -- the acting, the set-pieces, the art direction, the soundtrack, the story, and the way the clashing themes blend so well together. Even the brutality is just as bad as it needs to be, and it could have easliy crossed the line into heavy-handedness.
What shocks the hell out of me is that I went into this movie WANTING to hate it, and was won over despite the director's tendency to be a pretentious ass. He gets pretty far up his own butt through much of this, but it's such a minor complaint it almost doesn't matter.
Compelling and well put together, but very empty.
was never a fan of the cinema verite style, but I really respect Soderbergh for not Hollywooding the story up.
"You must have really hated this moose."