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I May Destroy You
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The more I see of Lanthimos' work, the more I think he initially picks a good central topic and then spoils it by concentrating on issues which do not need so much obsessive underscoring. This one could have been an interesting story if the whole focus hadn't been the soft-porn lesbian angle, repetitive to a fault, until it becomes increasingly predictable and boring.
The title perhaps explains the whole atmosphere of the movie - it is full of gothical twists and turns, the central venue itself (the asylum) is dark and foreboding as the halls of a cathedral where assassins lurk behind pulpit and pillars. We know that this movie is not about art, it is about entertainment, it is greatly implausible as narrative but... one sometimes reads horror stories which are true and happen under our noses. I thought it was caricature horror, scared me a couple of times, got me curious about how the plot would develop and thicken and that's what I want from entertainment: not being bored, something to take my mind off routine life.
I loved this movie, particularly since I grew up on Beatles music and can't imagine a world that didn't know them. Also, hearing the songs again made me realize how special they were - they were very direct, they told stories, they immortalized characters. But the situation was unexplainable (a time warp, I presume) and what I did not like was the encounter with John Lennon and that brought on a whole lot of confusion for me in the end. Because it was irrational - John had turned his life around but it had been precisely defending his relationship with the woman he chose and loved; this depicted him as a kind of hermit who had mysteriously absconded from his affections. It just didn't work for me, but only that part.