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SilentDawn’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Obsessed to the point that I'm probably going to start watching this every day, but here's a little thing with a few more points I'd like to parse through:
- The 'Pirate' character seems to be a puzzle in and of himself. An enigma with no reason to solve or understand. He's also fucking hilarious. The way he picks up Sarah's package - popping out from behind a tree, grabbing it, and immediately booking it the other direction - is hysterical.
- Sam's misogyny strikes a delicate balance between absurdity (how many women cling to him and, shortly thereafter, drop him just as swiftly, as well as their casual eagerness to perform) and harsh reality. Though it fiercely denies and rips into his perspective, it still is his perspective, so I get it if people are fed up with this sort of thing, especially right now. But that doesn't mean it's reductive or at a loss for anything worth saying. Moments like the team of women barking at Sam, or the long-distance phone-call with Sarah promptly ending his fantasy because she's literally *sealed* out of his reach, are just a couple of the film's sly, sublime takedowns.
- That opening shot. Wow. Captures an entire world of paranoia and then zeros in on aligning itself with someone who simply doesn't care, and is soon revealed to be responsible. Sam as the Dog Killer distinctly accentuates the response of 'nice' men who only see women as a means to an end, and the reason why they're so frustrated is because they can't give them up. Men like Sam will never stop chasing.
- The drone scene. Hitch would've loved it, although he probably, like the two characters in the tableaux, would've been turned off by the crying woman. David Robert Mitchell has such a knack for putting his characters in their place. How the tension and the voyeurism staggers out and the LA sky stares back. Sam stands above Hitchcock's grave in a later scene - an alliance or a confrontation?
- The Owl Lady - for me an expression of the female force, and the fear that Sam has - not simply of indecipherable government applications, energies, and elements of control, but of women having autonomy. Here is a murderer that is distinctly female, and she works for The Man. You have a five dollar bill on you?
Please feel free to throw out any ideas or ramblings you have on this wild one. Really interested in other perspectives.