Wow. How Korean films have evolved over the last decade. Enjoyable though this film may be, you'd never believe it was produced by the same film industry that gave us such iconic films as Old Boy, Housemaid, and I Saw the Devil. Everything those films have - polish, gravitas, challenging story, powerful drama - this film lacks.
That being said, as a light-hearted (mostly light-hearted) romp, this is still an enjoyable film. The humor is harmless and predictable for the…
This is a wonderfully constructed film done in by a poor ending. Roman Polanski does a remarkable job of building tension and suspense, and has you questioning what's real and what's not throughout. And then, that ambiguity is stripped away by the ending.
Perhaps because I found the ambiguity leading up to the ending to be so much more compelling than any actual answer could be, this resolution took me a couple of steps back from the rhetorical ledge. It went from being "superb" to merely good.
That being said, a remarkable bit of filmmaking here. No doubt.
I am a big and long-time Coen brothers fan, but I must admit, something about this film didn't quite click with me. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but if I were forced to guess, I would have to pinpoint both the plot and the tone of the story.
The plot is awfully ponderous and convoluted for how simple it is (the same story was achieved to great effect in Yojimbo), and at times, the film is played…
A fun, spirited and altogether enjoyable yarn of a film. I saw the Americanized version and even then I took pleasure in seeing the many quirks that only the French would include in a "kid's" movie. That the original version contains a scene of nudity or two is just too funny. How delightfully, well, French.
Like the OSS series, I love seeing a re-imagining (or perhaps more accurately, alternative, non-American perspective) of a traditional genre. Instead of that genre being…