High-Rise

High-Rise ★★½

As if I was just roofied & woke up 2 hrs later

An overly-ambitious, unhinged class war head trip that lacks any bit of narrative cohesiveness. Visually splendid, but proves to be a bit stuck up its own arse in hyper-stylization flavoring. The film ultimately becomes so tedious and repetitious, it proves just how unfilmable the novel really was. Comparing it to a hazy nightmare is not a grave injustice to what Ben Wheatley accomplished here.

Yet I still sort of admire HIGH RISE overall? It is an acquired taste that I wouldn't mind revisiting one day in the proper cognitive state. Perhaps another viewing will speak kindly to the film, as it did with another by-the-books adaptation, Inherent Vice.

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