benjamin has written 1 review for films rated ★★½ .

  • American Animals

    American Animals

    ★★½

    Much effort went into ensuring that I would recognize that I am being presented with unreliable details. The film goes Rashomon-lite (viewer must be like: which of you narrators can I trust?), which was ultimately an underused narrative element. Unfortunately, pitting narrator against narrator is not effective when the truth being picked apart is the most minor details (like what Person A was wearing during Incident A). 

    I had a bad attitude about all that because the cleverness/multiple perspectives/documentary-frame truly only…