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I May Destroy You
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As Patrick Wolf's "The Days" start getting played when the credit rolled, I was like...Did I just eat a bowlful of cheese or what? The film has some interesting imageries, specifically when George rubbed his hand against the sheep, symbolising the nurturing effect that John had been longing for his whole life, but lacked - but it repeated too many often. And since "the real life" that John was pitching about never got explained properly to me, the source of John's anger just felt vague. Kids, I want to get enlightened, but you are just cute.
It's been nearly 10 years since I watched the 1954 film with Judy Garland, and when I came into this, I have to be content with the fact that obviously, Lady Gaga is not Garland, on any level. However, Gaga has other virtues, and while those virtues mostly concern with surface, they do bring a new dimension to this (meeting Cooper's character in a bar for trannies, for example, undercuts any masculine domination that might surge up here). But, given, the fact that the film is made in 2018, when culture has shifted significantly, and we are definitely way way over that Golden Age of Hollywood that is obsessed with star-is-born myth, I would lie if I say that I didn't expect more transgressions on display. Instead, the film sticks to a familiar syrupy tone that felt frequently frustrating.
The "pimp", as described by Manny Farber, appeared near the end of the film, and no matter how sweet, and seemingly unassuming the performances are, it just put me on a irksome mode.