There was a movie a couple years ago about a kid trying to make it on their own amid deplorable conditions, an abusive father, and rampant alcohol abuse. That movie was called BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD and it tried to depict such circumstances and the community therein as purer, more earnest, and more soulful than we bougie do-gooders could ever be in our comfortable suburban dwellings. JOE says fuck that bullshit. People are people and whether they are a…
[Review of 4 hour cut, split in two]
Now that I’ve seen the whole thing I can say how wonderful this film started, with a sort of wit and zest that proves von Trier was working at his most earnest… and best. He also lets himself interject, seriously question his purpose, his tendencies, his obsessions. And while it suffers a bit of a comedown in the second half as Joe starts to unravel, the film still has a certain amount…
Stunning. This might be a 10 on another viewing just because it is so knotty and there’s no way I caught everything that is wonderful about this film. But I caught a lot. Best blocking of any film ever? Probably. Best sunglasses? Definitely. This is a goddam motion picture, folks. And please, my God, anyone who is planning to make a movie that makes use of space (every movie ever), please study how this film makes sure that we know exactly where everyone is in relation to everyone else at all times. Study that tailing scene in the streets! Study it!
Certainly one of my favorite comedies of the past ten years. A foul-mouthed, insult laden depiction of that old saying: "Politics is a lot like coaching football. You have to be smart enough to understand the game and dumb enough to think it matters." And it never fails to make me laugh from start to finish.