John and the Hole

John and the Hole ★★½

"You're old enough to be on your own now" -Paula,

- 2021 Ranked: boxd.it/aL2Ys
- Sundance 2021 Ranked: boxd.it/b1NDo

Frustrating.

You could cut 15 minutes from this film just by trimming time off long stares and useless establishing shots that serve limited purpose. It's a showy film that wants you to think it's artsy. The performances work and the film does build tension effectively but it's an annoying type of tension. There are creepy vibes, and I like this more than some but it's just really messy and uneven with lots of parts that will have you asking why.

Can't win 'em all.

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