I Heart Huckabees
A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.
It doesn't really matter that this film is incoherent and senseless. All that matters is that these lovable characters believe the bullshit coming out of their mouths, and they end up feeling a lot better because of all their talking and crazy antics. It's so much fun to watch the lightbulb go off for a character every now and then. When they get it, I let myself feel like I get it, too…. Even though I don't.
The film relies heavily on dialogue and monologues to get its ideas across. Without some excellent performances, this wouldn't have worked. Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin were cute with their over-the-top PDA. Mark Wahlberg is surprisingly endearing…
I've expressed in the past I am a big fan of philosophy. All these ideas within and about the world fascinate me. I thought that would make me an existentialist. Apparently I was wrong? Looking at this film, and correct me if I'm wrong...
Existentialists believe that everything is connected and everything is important; everything happens for a reason.
Nihilists believe that nothing is connected and nothing is important; everything happens for no reason.
At least that's the gist of it.
This is very interesting subject matter and also very dark and deep when you think about it. I'll admit, those philosophical ideas are some of the reasons why I loved this, but the main reason is how well it…
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Self-indulgent garbage. Everyone involved is far too good for this shit. The only remotely redeeming elements are Mark Wahlberg and Naomi Watts, who at least seem to be aware of how fucking stupid this movie is.
And Jude Law's accent is just plain WRONG.
Another one of those films I loved so much I couldn't wait a few weeks or months to see it again. Once again, it managed to make me think (even noticed a few things I didn't notice first viewing) and laugh all at once. I love everything about it. Complex, fascinating, thought provoking, quotable, and downright hilarious.
Now I'm certain that David O. Russell is a pure genius.
Depending on who you ask, he's either a genius or a dick. The way I see it, if both George Clooney AND Lily Tomlin regard him as a very talented guy after the latter having a huge argument on the set with Russell while the former knocked him out on the set of Three Kings, Russell has to be doing something right.
When thinking about the existence of god (or God), if one is so inclined to question these things, the following formula always comes up. If god does not exist, then life is random, and if life is random then life is meaningless. If life is meaningless...well, that just leads to snide, self-satisfied young adults in funny glasses and black clothing listening to Einstürzende Neubauten.
Huckabees addresses that issue--or more importantly, appears to address that issue. In reality, this movie is about as deep as a wading pool, but it's the perfect context for Russell to parody a huge swath of western culture.
The two points of the argument that Huckabees posits are:
1) Nihilism, or -- there is nothing at…
There is no denying David O. Russell is a skilled filmmaker. Three Kings is an enthralling war movie, The Fighter is packed with real power and Silver Linings Playbook, especially, shows his true abilities to portray emotions and depict devastating circumstances with his own, unique edge to them. The three films I've mentioned there made him the name he is today, and with the immense satisfaction I experienced from them, I've been intrigued to see what he’s helmed otherwise.
I Heart Huckabees, released in 2004, is a curious little film. It is a film with such vivid ideas and an endless amount of imagination and innovation, but O. Russell, despite his vast talent has no idea how to approach the…
Einer meiner Lieblingsfilme, der mit jedem Gucken
ein wenig verliert. Ich lass es jetzt und behalte ihn einfach
in sehr, sehr guter Erinnerung.
I <3 I HEART HUCKABEES
Please...everyone, just stop talking and let me enjoy the Jon Brion score.
Good concept but the execution strayed too close to romcom / mass appeal movie. Magnolia is a film that captures a similar feel but without the new age rom-com feel.
- The End
I wish I didn't have to feel like I'm confessing a crime by saying I love I Heart Huckabees, but I do. I've seen this countless times now and it's always as engaging and funny every time I rewatch it. Marky Mark is fucking great in this. Word!
There's much to like in David O. Russell's "existential comedy": a great cast (Jude Law is superb as the douchey salesman), a message, and some laugh-out-loud comedy. Philosophically, its reach clearly exceeds its grasp; it isn't as deep or as complex as its creator imagines, and some of the gimmicks (the pixelated faces in particular) fell flat for me. Still, it's an affable fresher's intro to the basics of Existentialism.
Bonkers philosophical drama which I enjoyed at times, but the next second found myself cringing with embarrassment. Great cast, however dreadful casting. At its best it made me smile, at worst smash the dvd.
I heart I Heart Huckabees.