Sion Sono deconstructs the roman porno genre into a hyperactive, candy colored David Lynch film. If the previous sentence made any sense to you, you'll probably love it--or at least know if you won't. All others beware. It's an exhausting, audacious, mind stomping 75 minute experiment that could only come from Sono.
So there's a self-hating bisexual guy having sex with his wife's brother. The wife's brother has a friend who is having sex with a tentacle monster from outer space. Sounds great, hu?
Well, while this is an entirely well made film, and undoubtedly sounds (to me, anyway) like it must be an indisputable classic, somehow it all just doesn't gel. It's a psychosexual mood piece with a supernatural aspect tacked on, all searching for a thematic point. It's not bad. It just...is.
I'm a little conflicted on this one.
This somewhat unique coming of age tale obliquely examines the horrors of bullying. There are persistent vague gestures towards potential supernatural activity that become increasingly frustrating as the film begins to collapse under the weight of its ponderous, allegorical symbolism. A pair of revelations towards the end (one fairly foreseeable, the other a less predictable kick to the teeth) redeems some of the films horrible pacing and interminable self-importance. Then it blows it…
Light on CGI, lacking any product placement or unnecessary exposition, there is not a gram of fat on this rampaging beast. The trailers and astronomical Rotten Tomatoes score had me going in with insanely unrealistic expectations; I was literally expecting a classic. It delivered. It makes THE ROAD WARRIOR look downright sedate, without the incoherent editing or disorientation that all too often accompanies movies like this (that is, those that strive to be non-stop action spectacles). Astonishingly, almost all of…