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…
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…
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…
I thought this would be a comedy.
I don't find a damn thing funny about it.
The words "Fucked up" come to mind.
"It's easier when things are polite." ~ Paul
I was surprised to discover that this film is a shot-for-shot remake of the 1997 Austrian original. Other than some minor adjustments, such as four pounds of steak instead of three, no mention of a halyard on the sailboat, more modern cell phone technology, Calloway-brand golf clubs, NASCAR on TV, etc., it features the same plot, pacing, camera angles, dialogue, set design, soundtrack and atmosphere. Even the much noted 10-minute single take is intact. It almost seemed like a rewatch rather than a viewing of a new film.
Replacing the original cast are Naomi Watts as vacationing Ann Farber, Tim Roth as her husband George and Devon Gearhart as their son Georgie.…
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…
stunningly scary when i watched it....but i think a lot less of it now. thoughts:
very clearly wants to make you uncomfortable. long stretches of silence or stillness, long scenes with no cuts, very very real acting and desperacy. you think a lot about this movie after watching it. jarring and truly scary. this is what i liked best: it broke the fourth wall, managed to make me feel terror not with screaming fast paced jump scares but simply with the pounding approaching dread.
HOWEVER. gratituous sexualized violence against the pretty blonde white woman. common horror movie problem. wasnt a fan of (MILD SPOILER) when she's stripped and humiliated, verbally assailed in front of her husband and child. was for…
A dark, raw, and insightful commentary and deconstruction of violence and entertainment, "Funny Games" is the once-in-a-blue moon rarity that a remake improves on and surpasses the original. Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbert, and Devon Gearheart all give outstanding performances, and Michael Haneke is at the top of his artistry and craft.
One of the most emotionally exhausting and unnerving films I've seen. What starts out as something pretty typical slowly forms into something completely real. Its strengths lie in its performances and the willingness to stay with characters to linger on the emotion. Unfortunately it sometimes compromises its strengths in order to be a little different (breaking the fourth wall, rewinding a scene). What it doesn't realize is that it is already unique enough- it re-sensetizes horror and puts the audience through the same trauma as the family, both subject to the games.
Thanks Alex for recommending. One of my favorite movies now.
Probably the most disturbing movie I have ever seen. I couldn't get it out of my mind for days after watching it.
Both the original Funny Games and this one are great, there really isn't any question about that. What makes them great though are those moments where hope is dangled in front of your face, those moments where you see a glimpse of a possible escape. You think to yourself based on everything I've seen in this movie, I know this won't go the way I want it to, and yet you still hope for the best.
Those moments are great because they're dangled in front of your face and then snatched away violently. Then, right after they get snatched, the movie basically chastises you for even falling for them. You get chastised for even daring to hope, you get chastised…
its GREAAAAAAAAAAT if youve literally never seen a single foreign thriller before.
I REALLY dig this
Heneke likes to make people uncomfortable and does it good, but i don't think that its message is relevant, fun or entretaining, violence and hate has a place in art and it shouldn't be seen as something always negative, the fact that he did this bore twice just to put his preachy and irrelevnt idea in the media is just plain stupid.
This film is tasteless, pretentious and like A Serbian Film it just try to be edgy to be interesting.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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