Just posted my review at To Be (Cont'd):
This will show you just how much I remember about J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit. I thought the last movie in Peter Jackson’s overstuffed trilogy would reach its climax with the death of Smaug, that gargantuan dragon mo-capped and voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. It makes sense, doesn’t it? In the first film, a band of dwarves, plus one little hobbit, sets out to reclaim a treasure-filled mountain from the fire-breathing dragon who stole…
Dogtooth doesn't have a plot you can read in a traditional sense. It doesn't follow any conventions or fall within the bounds of any genre. It plays by its own rules, uncoiling casually until it's good and ready to strike. That, and the bluntness of its content, is what makes Giorgos Lanthimos' picture a suspenseful, gripping experience.
It's not wholly unique, though. Art house movies are different from the mainstream but alike in their own ways. The story in Dogtooth…
This one gets a half-star bump for being a classic by a venerable director. Otherwise, I never found a way into this one, as with Two Rode Together, the other Ford film I recently watched.
Of course, with Two Rode Together, that was because the film has serious problems, but most notably, it just feels like a movie Ford himself was bored with. There's still a lot one can say about it, but it just feels like a real mess.…