MSU ‘26, Film Studies
If I had one takeaway from What Happened to Monday, it was that Wirkola knew how to shoot some pretty icky violence and effective gore gags, and holy shit does he ever here. This weaponizes Christmas props, tropes, and iconography so effortlessly that it elevates this from what could’ve been a crude and frankly juvenile exercise in subversion (“lol what if Santa killed people because normally Santa wouldn’t do that”) into a genuinely thoughtful and expertly controlled genre/holiday work, and…
When he said he wanted to put a movie on I thought he meant as background noise for uhhhhh you can guess what I’m getting at. But we watched the whole thing(?) So uh. Idk. Not good at all and pretty much every movie is objectively awful when trying to watch it as big spoon because there’s a whole human head in your way but this is also kind of (unintentionally) funny in some regards I suppose, and actually somewhat…
one of the most disingenuous pieces of media i've seen in a long, long time. fundamentally broken as a film, reckless and careless and downright dishonest, and even worse as a musical, as it doesn't seem to have even a baseline understanding of how musicals work. loses even more points for portraying a terrible, greedy, exploitive, man as a terrible, greedy, exploitive man, but still treating him the whole way through as a saint, or, the greatest showman. how so many people went fucking apeshit over something as filthy as this is beyond me. fuck.
arguably the most impersonal film i’ve ever seen. was digging the first 30 minutes or so, as it seemed intent on playing out this dark concrete color fantasy scenario where human beings don’t mean anything, everyone is a walking chess piece in service of a grander scheme, so basically nolan’s idea of self-parody, but good god it gets boring quick. besides everyone mumbling their lines (fr wtf), it’s obvious that the biggest issue here is the aggressive formality on display…