I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…
Let the games begin...
When Ann, husband George and son Georgie arrive at their holiday home they are visited by a pair of polite and seemingly pleasant young men. Armed with deceptively sweet smiles and some golf clubs, they proceed to terrorize and torture the tight-knit clan, giving them until the next day to survive.
Ninth watch of Noir-Vember. I believe Michael Haneke’s Funny Games - this one as well as his 1997 version - to present a commentary, perhaps even a critique, towards the sort of movies that share its non-plot of sole violence (torture porn?) and towards the people who watch them. I believe this is echoed through the film’s self-consciousness, which is amongst other things expressed by the fact that the antagonistic intruders are capable of directly addressing the audience. I do not, however, believe that this attempt justifies yet another revolting piece of such torture porno-esque film-making - at least not in the format presented here. Funny Games shows us how two psychopathic (or overacting) adolescent guys take a family of…
My man Roger Ebert [Edit: I guess it was actually Ebert's editor. Dang. Still good review though] said it best: "This isn't a movie, it's a thesis. "Funny Games" represents the laborious execution of an abstract notion. The concept is the movie, kind of like Andy Warhol's ''Empire'' (1964), an eight-hour stationary shot of the Empire State Building. You don't have to sit through the whole thing to get the point, unless you really want to."
The two stars are for good performances from the 5 main characters. That's it. It's not meant to entertain, but it's not particularly enlightening either. Through all the smugness, I smelled the ending an hour away. I suppose the fact that I…
Review In A Nutshell:
Funny Games is the story of a family being terrorised by two young men.
This film explores the craving and drive that young people have for control. Both men thrive off the fact that the family can't do anything to save themselves and places them into these little games that would further torture them emotionally. The two young men in this film is a symbol of the sick and unsympathetic mind of a director, they see this family as empty vessels that they could play and manipulate with in order to feed their psychological needs; they see it as art while the victims see it as relentless torment. The film does a great job of creating…
I saw the this a few weeks ago, but never logged a review for it. Thanks to a conversation with ScreeningNotes, I kind of worked out why I didn't find it very likable.
Overall, I find whatever Funny Games is trying to say unconvincing at best and delivered in a terribly dull package. It's partly that I'm not really a fan of the horror/home invasion genre (even though this is skewering that) and partly that I never gave much credence to the idea that by watching onscreen violence we as an audience are condoning or morally complicit in it. I've also grown largely immune to movie violence so the shocking nature of the acts committed on screen have very little…
I would have enjoyed this film much more if I had not seen the original first.
Both versions were directed by Michael Haneke and are identical in almost every aspect, other than cast and language.
I must say that the film has better performances than the original, and the message is more effective with an American family as the focus.
This version does not have the propulsive intensity of the original, but that is most likely just a result of having seen the original first.
The central idea may lose some impact with repetition, but there is no denying this film is masterfully directed.
I adore Naomi Watts. She is a Goddess and one of the greatest actresses to have…
I thought this would be a comedy.
I don't find a damn thing funny about it.
The words "Fucked up" come to mind.
See Funny Games for my take on the actual film. This is just a comparison between both.
1997. 2007. It’s 10 years later and for some reason not even Haneke himself seems to be able to explain, the same film has been remade, as literal as yo could get with that term. The same shots, the same dialogue, the same location, etc. Why? Maybe because the original film was always supposed to be an American production as it had a message for Americans, and the director felt he needed to make it to American cinemas for it to reach them.
The casting is as good as the original, but the characters have other cadence. The parents react much more…
Of course, my crazy friend picks the most anxiety riddled movie for us to watch together on a movie night.
SUCH a frustrating film! I just want to throw this laptop across the room!
And also if you've just been tortured and are now free..why would you ask who to call? Duh, the police. I mean at least think of that.
FUNNY GAMES is vicious, callous, and most of all, nauseatingly self-important.
Congrats, Michael Haneke. I bet you're proud of yourself.
I don't know why anyone would feel the need to remake this take by take, scene by scene. Is it because Naomi Watts is prettier than Susanne Lothar? Is is because Michael Haneke thougt he could make the original even better? Nevertheless I am sure I would have loved this if I wouldn't have seen the original which felt way more intense and a little more subtile in it's message
Una película que da coraje, no sé por qué, pero los personajes, la historia, todo en general te crea un malestar. Después analizas la película y sabes que no es de las que vas a recordar porque te gustó. Aún así, aprobado por original.
Il remake di Funny Games è la copia carbone dell'originale. Adesso Heneke gioca anche con il pubblico USA, ma il film è oltremodo superfluo.
Very unsettling home invasion remake with particularly good performances from Michael Pitt and Brady Corbett as the deranged terrorists.
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