Drive My Car

Drive My Car ★★½

Is Haruki Murakami really that good of a storyteller, or are we all just deluding ourselves? Because the way his characters behave is kind of absurd—they follow an artful illogic that routinely strikes me as incredibly conspicuous and inorganic and that could only really occur inside the construct of an ‘experimental’ narrative. Also, the central conceit of a theater troupe putting on a VERY MEANINGFUL STAGE PRODUCTION always makes me roll my eyes to high heaven, especially in VERY SERIOUS FILMS. That “Drive My Car” is shot in a disappointingly flat, unremarkable aesthetic throughout just compounds the many issues I had with it. It’s too bad, because I liked the first third or so, though not nearly as much as “Burning” from a few years ago.

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