Listen Up Philip starts off as a black comedy (with a hilarious opening scene) before turning into a fascinating and melancholic character study.
The film was shot in Super 8 I believe and the direction is very personal and assured, not to mention very elegant, full of close-ups and beautiful autumnal colours, which add to the downbeat vibe. And thanks to a precise script that does not feel over-written, there is a free flowing quality to Listen Up Philip, which…
Letterboxd is going to be interesting as an external influence is making me watch films I truly do not want to. Such as this. Or in this case, rewatch it. Love. Actually has recently been comprehensively demolished, and rightly so.
Does this deserve its reputation as the worst, most heinous film ever made? Are we being too harsh? Are us, UK based bloggers, too easily giving a pass to American rom-coms while being too severe on their home grown counterparts?…
An exhilarating and exquisite space folly, that is surprisingly involving and enormous fun.
The art direction is more 70's/80's French sci-fi graphic novels (with whom the film shares a punk/queer sensibility) than modern calibrated blockbusters, which is why some will call it "silly".
Proving that they still have the knack for it, the Wachowskis deliver some of the most exciting action scenes of recent memories and some fantastic set pieces (the chase in Chicago, the "eye of Jupiter" section...)