How indeed does one construct a body? Film as self-justification and self-revelation; at first I thought this might be a case of 'mild interest but ultimate dislike' as with my response to the superficially similar Finisterrae but as the film continued my appreciation of Bressane's awareness of not only the function of the images but the literal images themselves (as enhanced by a steadfast refusal to place a cut without reason), images that analyze their own ability to counteract and communicate the weight inherently defined by that within them.
A study of permanence and impermanence and the ways we internalize our emotions until they explode into a physically affecting form, an abstraction of narrative that Snyder pushes so hard it loops into and under itself, there are snapshots of other films - images people have labelled unnecessary - but this is not so much misplaced exposition as it is a myriad of secondary narratives superseding our core one - that's why the titular fight takes over an hour to…
Still absurd to me that a movie this bonkers/fun/nonsensical/out there got hard funding from a major studio, props to Warner Bros - my childhood favorite (along with the sequel); although all due credit to Gosnell and Gunn for crafting a film that stands an intelligent reading too - that is, one about the media intercepting free thought and artifice blocking the way to objective truth and human connection (all done through the lens of destroying the horror genre). Also the Scooby Doo ride at MovieWorld Australia is great even though I hate capitalism.