This has been near the top of my Most Anticipated list, because I admire Glazer's previous films.
So I swept aside other responsibilities today to rush out and see this. And that was a disappointing decision.
I need to do some heavy reading in search of ... I don't know... whatever I'm missing about this film. This first experience was a major letdown. I think it may be a case of form reflecting content — a film about an Exotic…
It may have 763 additional jokes, but I'd say it only has about 250 new laughs. Still... that's 250 more laughs than I would otherwise have had on a Monday night. And I needed that.
Here's my two-part, review-ish coverage at Looking Closer.
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ORIGINAL LETTERBOXD COMMENTS:
So, I've seen it. I haven't been in any hurry to publish a review, since the studio decided not to bother showing it to the Seattle press at all.
I'll publish something about it next week — what I admire about it, and what I don't (there's plenty of both) — at jeffreyoverstreet.com.
In the meantime... wow, I just cannot believe…
I'm not the first person to say it, but it's true — this film, like the two before it, is designed to be seen a second time, when viewers will realize just how every fleeting moment either foretells upcoming events, sets up elaborate jokes, or reveals a punchline for a joke yet to be told. It's the fastest-moving, most confidently scripted and edited film I've seen this year. And the action scenes are dizzyingly joyous. When was the last time…