The Double ★★★★

take Dostoyevsky, add 1 part Gilliam, 1 part Tati & a thimble of early Woody Allen. stir to near-perfection. i wasn't impressed by the instantly forgettable SUBMARINE, but Ayoade wows here, bending the hyper-stylized aesthetic to his will and greater purpose.

the 2nd half doesn't feel quite as precise as the first (likely by design), but the film coheres quite nicely as a refreshingly difficult look at how everyone desperately wants to feel different, and that's what makes us all the same. curious as to how this one will sit with me... and holy shit, mia wasikowska. and holy shit, andrew hewitt's score.