You know how a great film keeps you guessing? The Handmaiden is a great film. I'd go as far as to say that it's fucking fantastic. Coming from Chan-wook Park, who is a goddamn amazing director, this shouldn't be much of a surprise.
It's something that needs to be watched, and it's something that needs to be enjoyed.
A incredibly well shot, well paced documentary that unfortunately doesn't bring anything new to the table.
It looks beautiful, it lays out the facts, then it rushes to the credits without exploring much of the latter events. It hints at the issues while never really addressing them. It hints a little harder at media interference, but never says anything about it.
The story of Amanda Knox is frightful and wrought with oddities, but rarely does this documentary do much more than introduce viewers who may not know anything about the case.
It's not bad at all, just a wasted opportunity.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I took a day to ruminate on this film.
That was a good idea.
Scarlett Johansson has slowly, but surely proven herself to be a very capable actress. Her sexiness in this film is not heavy handed in the least, which I half expected. However, her performance is chillingly real and seductive. The use of real people and hidden cameras brings this story much closer to reality.
Long shots, extremely wide shots, and the grey Scotland countryside give a subtle…
I won't say that it was good, or even that entertaining. It's a total turd. But, it's the Bayiest Micheal Bay movie ever Bayed. Which means it's nothing but one-liners and explosions. It's a good turn your brain off film. Nothing more. No real cinematic story. Just lots of splosions.