My problem with much of Lars von Trier's filmography is that he seems to be oblivious as to how pretentious and utterly tasteless, cruel, and cynical he's being. Whether he does know this or not (I'm sure he does) is besides the point, that's how his films read. The House That Jack Built is the first of his (that I've seen) in which he takes the self-aware approach - literally framing the film through a Socratic dialogue about the act…
While I personally find the particular curiosities of Tarkovsky's original film more compelling, the thing I most appreciated about this was that it was its own film. Soderbergh approached the story with his own set of obsessions and curiosities to explore, and that speaks wonders of the thematic versatility that this story is capable of. Both Tarkovsky and Soderbergh explore it in unique, and equally meaningful ways. Clooney, McElhone, Davis, and Davies are an excellent ensemble.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Here is my meager attempt at gathering my thoughts about this brutal masterpiece into one place. Also, shoutout to my homie Cristian for bringing up some of the ideas I talk about here too.
Phoenix's performance is one of the best of the year. That's not saying much as the year is young and I've only seen 18 films released this year so far. It would have ranked among the top five had I seen it last year. It's a…