It got better as it went on, but it had a few too many knowing winks and some real corny jokes. It also isn’t excused for being significantly less necessary and organic than First Day of Camp by knowing it. Still, it’s better than most comedy these days.
I bought the almost-too-amazing-to-be-believed Artificial Eye box of Kaurismaki’s films so I’ll be going through them, both new and previously seen.
Crime and Punishment is an incredible debut in the way most of the best are. It stands on its own as a solidly executed film but also establishes a major voice with its pitch already perfectly established. Kaurismaki is quickly becoming one of my favorite directors, and so much of his genius is already here: the bone dry humor,…
Some people reject the adage that “you learn just as much watching bad movies as you do watching good ones” but this movie should seriously be taught in film school. Most people only watch professional movies all the time, which means they have no concept of the importance of such things as establishing shots, matching eyelines, consistent lighting, coherent action editing, good wigs, etc. Basically they take the entire grammar of narrative film for granted. This movie shows you how seriously wrong it can go if these basic ideas are not utilized.
It’s also pretty damn funny.