What could have been a very impressive adaptation of Part 1 alone ends up falling down through a very lacklustre stab at Part 2 of the novel. When we hit the 80min mark and a brilliant slow zoom out ends the narrative of Cervantes' first book of Don Quixote, the film has already had much to say of both character and the concept of temporal storytelling, yet Rafael Gil near completely misses the thematic and narrative purpose of the second…
Some striking visual action sequences (the windmill scene was so bad from a point of adaptation but just so bold and odd that it got me on side) can't save what is almost a bastardisation of the original text. This is a sprint through moments of the novel that appear jumbled around in order. It lacks character development and actual characters. Its movement into musical sequences don't help either.
Hyper stylised thriller that is something of a slow burn but never not interesting. Usage of music and those bookending montages were superb complements to the general unease garnered by colour palette alone.
Whilst the imagery is there (alongside Villeneuve's predilection for sudden plot shifts as darkly comic reminders of life's futility), I feel like Enemy is somewhat empty. The ultimate notions of fidelity and identity, whilst interesting, are simplistic narrative arcs. Even the final shot, that garners raves, worked…
This was a very confusing film to enjoy. On the one hand, it's completely idiotic and void of meaning (any attempt to find a point to the film is giving it more credit than it's worth) and on the other hand, in certain moments the cinematography is fantastic, it is really funny at times and is anchored by a very good James Franco performance.
I know it's bad, that much I can ascertain. It is not terrible, though. It's no…