Tinker of Culture. Tailor of Words. Soldier of Cinema. Spy who knows where his towel is.
I watched this back when it came out. I can't believe it, almost 10 years ago now. A friend of mine worked on it, and when I watched it, I really liked it.
Rewatched it for the first time last night and -- oh boy, what a mess. There are still sequences that I think are really pretty, but the story here is unnecessarily convoluted, and the editing makes it even more incoherent.
When I watched Interchange years later, I thought it was a step down from Bunohan. Now I think it's actually a step up.
Except, of course, I've only watched Interchange once.
Spoiler alert: This is not a good film.
I wanted to like this so much, but five minutes in, I knew that wasn't going to happen. Sandi Tan the narrator has no introspection whatsoever. The younger Sandi was shown to be selfish and self-absorbed, and at one point, older Jasmine said to present-day Sandi -- "You used to be an asshole". The thing is, there was nothing in this film that made me think that older Sandi is any less…
Andrew Garfield was great as spiderman -- sure, we knew that from the first film -- but the best thing about this movie is the end credits music, partly because it's actually a good song, but mostly because the movie ended.
I won't talk about that godawful post-credit scene because fuck that godawful post-credit scene.