This is the first Park Chan-wook film I've seen. His famous films have been on my list for some time but until now, he's been one director notably absent from my film watching history. After seeing this, I'm a lot more intrigued now to see his others.
I'll begin by stating that is not a film for people who want nothing more than to be entertained. It requires more of its viewers: patience and a willingness to sink into the…
Certainly a stark contrast to one of my favorite films of 2012 on the same subject (HITCHCOCK), it's hard to say if I didn't care for this film as much because of the film making itself or rather that it paints Hitchcock in such an unpleasant light. If I had to guess it's probably a combination of both.
The story drags at times and the transitions between time periods don't feel altogether fluid. Jones, Miller and Staunton are excellent though which makes this, however discomforting a pill to swallow, worth watching.
Credit where credit is due: this gets a bajillion stars for visual deliciousness.
While there are moments of wit and charm, the story itself is forgettable. Arguably, Pixar's greatest strength has always been compelling and meaningful storytelling so it's disappointing to see such a gorgeously rendered film lack an equally (or even just MORE) visceral plot. I'm glad I watched it (and paid to see it in theaters) but it's not one I feel an urgent desire to revisit.