Whoa, this is so much more than I was expecting.
The Handmaiden is revelatory. Every frame is pristine and the camerawork so effortlessly fluid. It's perfectly paced; novelistic yet never exhausting, as dark as it is funny, intensely erotic and shocking, and ever a step ahead. I won't do it the disservice of revealing any plot details. I can honestly say I've never seen anything like it, and it's a truly original tale that constantly reshapes itself. Give it all the awards. Best picture, acting, screenplay, director, cinematography, score, editing.…
This one is getting worse the more I think about it.
The good: It's well made and very pretty. There are a couple of genuinely tense sequences. The prologue is an effective gutpunch right out of the gate. Krasinski definitely has some directing chops, but his screenplay is a mess.
1. The sound logic changes from scene to scene based on whatever Krasinski deems convenient at that particular moment. If these creatures are THAT sensitive to sound at…