Step One: Go to www.random.org.
Step Two: Pick a Number.
Step Three: GET WEIRD!
Dolph Springer wakes up one morning to realize he has lost the love of his life, his dog, Paul. During his quest to get Paul (and his life) back, Dolph radically changes the lives of others -- risking his sanity all the while.
Despite feeling rather unmoved by Quentin Dupieux's Rubber, I decided to give Wrong a chance after stumbling upon it on Netflix last night. What a pleasant surprise it turned out to be!
Dolph (I laughed whenever anyone said his name, especially when the Pharmacist/Pet Detective referred to him as Adolf) is a quiet, mild-mannered, middle-aged guy who wakes up at 7:60am and starts his quirky adventure in the hunt for his missing dog, Paul.
While the film had very interesting point-of-view shots, great cinematography and a subtle and lovely score, the absurd and humorous story will surely remain the most memorable feature of Wrong.
It is very clear that Quentin Dupieux is an imaginative and creative person with a unique…
People working in an office with sprinklers continuously spraying water.
People dying. And then not dying. And then dying.
Accessing dog turd memory.
A random car painter.
All so very, very Wrong. Yet somehow right. Where Rubber didn't click, this piece of absurd surrealism did.
There is still hope for me and Dupieux.
Existential absurdism that is, most
importantly, utterly and incessantly hilarious.
One of the funniest films of the decade so far, IMO.
"Beaudiful...ver' moving..." - Master Chang
If Rubber was Quentin Dupieux subverting the B-movie genre, this is Quentin Dupieux subverting the David Lynch movie. Whether the beats from Lost Highway are intentional or not, there's an inescapable feeling hanging above Wrong that leaves you longing for a better film. Wrong is by no means a bad film, oh no; it's Dupieux being incredibly brave with a script chock full of inconsistencies and off-the-wall symbolism. There are scenes that ramble on and are out of place in the conventional narrative that the film sometimes reverts to, and although entertainingly strange, this wears a little thin as the film goes on.
Working on the thinnest of plots, Dupieux draws out some cracking moments…
Anti-Humor Absurdist Sketch Show: The Movie: The Sequel: Sort Of
Dupieux drops the social commentary (Or does he? I really have no fucking clue.) and shows that it's not the shit that sticks that's fun, it's the act of throwing it against the wall. Though not especially funny or incoherent enough to elicit more complex brain functions, Wrong - when watched from a distance - combines a precise blend of acting, direction, editing, and a script just absurd enough to evoke that strangely comforting sense of temporary confusion; it's a free drug trip, and I only had to remind myself that I wasn't really losing my mind a few times throughout, and that the world would make sense again after the film. If Rubber rubbed you the wrong way with its moralistic pretensions, and if getting tricked into considering you might be having a mild stroke is your thing, Wrong might be right for you.
There's something odd (or wrong, if you will) with every scene in Wrong. In a good way. But if we put this aside for a moment, it's otherwise a pretty straight forward story about a day in a guy's life. This guy's name is Dolph, and Dolph's dog is lost, he's curious about the home delivery pizza service and he has an office job. And maybe that's all you need to know. Leaving all the crazy stuff for someone who hasn't seen the movie yet to get surprised about. Because there's just a lot to get surprised about, even though this may not be your first Dupieux movie.
This is my third Dupieux movie, all watched within a year. Something…
Wrong was the best movie about nothing that I have ever seen. It’s exactly the type of movie that I’ve been wanting to see, but no other filmmaker dared make a movie this absurd and nonsensical. I’m glad it was left to Quentin Dupieux to make such a movie though, because I don’t think any other director can compare. First, let me start off by saying that you should not take this movie seriously at all. Rather than questioning everything that is happening (because you will), you should just laugh along with it because that’s what this movie is supposed to be about. The thing I liked about this movie was that although it was completely absurd, it still had…
"There's no shame in jogging, there's nothing bad about it."
"I don't jog, I swear. I hate running."
This is the kind of film I would have enjoyed a lot more if my living room was totally hot boxed. Instead the overly abstractness of it all just grated on me.
Don't get me wrong there were parts I enjoyed but it just felt like it was trying too hard to be wacky without delivering an end product to make it worthwhile.
The Flat Eric music video is still his best work and his music continues to be better than his movie output.
I viscerally hate the feeling of not being able to rate a film, especially when it comes from a feeling of looking for the wrong things in the wrong movie.
I'm no stranger to Quentin Dupieux's work, but for some reason this was the one I decided to try to find meaning in. It's like looking for a Trump supporter at a Black Lives Matter rally; you should know damn well by now that there are better places to look, and it's your fault for not doing so.
Not necessarily a complicated one or hard to figure out, in fact I know I probably liked it a good bit. It still requires a rewatch, however, and one with a more sound (high) mindset than I allowed myself to have tonight.
The reason I didn't like this movie before is probably because I tried to understand it. This movie is not meant to be understood.
Strange and amusing, with some great laugh-out-loud moments, Wrong is not the best film I've seen today, but I didn't hate it. Wrong could have benefited from some tighter editing. The moments with the gardener were the funniest. And the rest of the characters are quirky enough without being annoying. Definitely worth a free viewing.
Watch it. Now.
This movie was, in a word, frustrating.
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