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I May Destroy You
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Big fan of Besson, especially with his Leon, Nikita and 5th Element. But I think he lost the plot with this mish-mash of ideas that don't all come off!
Freeman doesn't do much other than give some philosophical gravitas that helps join some of the dots; but Johansson is a disappointment coming off as vacuous and robotic, but without any charm or empathy. In fact she didn't have enough back-story to make me care much about her.
The rest of the film had some good moments, but come the end it was a case of "yeah, whatever!"
A poor man's "Beverley Hills Cop", with a pretty awful and uneven script saved only by the charisma of Slater.
But what really dates this feeble action comedy is the dreadful 80s signature score by Harold Faltermeyer, and his tedious synthesizers.
The characters I really couldn't care about purely because they were so poorly defined and never crawled out of the 1st dimension. And the story was about as involving as painting a white wall with white paint using a toothbrush blindfold.
102 minutes I will not get back again.
I cannot believe this only took $7m at the box office on its initial release back in 2001/2!
But then again this is David Lynch territory, and he doesn't make films with mass audience appeal. Not only that but his films are challenging and thought-provoking. You can watch some films without paying any real attention to the story because come the final 5 minutes you'll get all the answers you need - The End!
But with Lynch, he likes to play with you, like a kitten playing with a ball of wool. You think he will serve up the answers at the end of the film, but its not always the case. And even when he does you're still left pondering exactly HOW those answers were justified!
This is a film in the same league as Inception and Memento among a few others, where you're not exactly sure whether you're watching a protracted but hugely vivid dream sequence, or pure reality. And even though this film was perhaps less demanding than Memento, it still demanded your complete attention, with the possible need of a second viewing just to fit the final ambiguous pieces of the jigsaw in place.
One of the outstanding films of the 21st century!
Try as I might, but I really could not find any empathy for any of the characters, probably because of an uneven script, lifeless direction, OTT editing, and with about as much tension as a wet paper bag flapping in the wind!
Had it not been for Blunt's mesmerizing, yet slightly annoying performance, I doubt I would have got past the 40 minute mark without switching off.
I haven't read the book or any adaptations because quite frankly this genre isn't quite my cup of tea. However, I must admit to really enjoying this enthralling tale, even though the flashbacks and odd dream sequence threw me a little.
Saoirse Ronan as Jo, is an absolute delight to watch. I believed in her character almost from the first frame, and even though the ending was just a little on the predictable side, I was really pleased she got what she always dreamed about, rather than just cow-towing to what society expects of young women of that era.
Good support all round, other than for the rather wooden performance of Emma Watson. Laura Dern and Meryl Streep, were particularly excellent. Add to that a rousing score, superb cinematography, wonderful period costumes, and I have to say it was an absorbing 2 hours.
But because of the flashbacks etc. and because I haven't read the book, it does demand a second viewing just to make sense of those jump scenes and thus complete the engaging jigsaw.