Burning ★★★★½

Who do you sympathize with? What do you believe? What does this all mean? Burning asks a lot of questions, and answers quite literally none of them. This sleepy hypnotic thriller is a meditation of assumptions, obsession, and fantasy. I finished watching this film last night, but I wanted to sleep on it before I wrote anything, and I’m glad I did. 

I think Burning is one of the few films that has come out recently that you can watch 10 times and come out with 10 different interpretations. Nothing is concrete, themes are far reaching, in a way it operates as a blank canvas for the audience to project onto. Metaphorically speaking Burning resembles the action of slowly pushing a boulder up a steep hill, just so you can watch it tumble down the other side. By this I mean the narrative’s slow challenging and inquisitive pace has payoff, and that payoff is whatever you want it to be. 

I don’t want to go into a full analysis of the film, because I genuinely think that ruins it for other people who have their own interpretations, but I will be thinking about this film for a long time. Maybe if I rewatch it I’ll write down my understanding of the film, whatever that is.

9.2 / 10

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