Looks like Murakami wrote a short story and allowed a less-talkative Godard to adapt it into film. For a directorial debut, this is impressive stuff, instead of yelling "action!" the director yells "strike a pose" and I don't know where they are found but these actors have an endless arsenal of poses. I love how the story can be told entirely in screenshots; like a compilation of wordless four-strip comics, every scene always ends at a punchline, hence the comparison…
University lecturers solving crime part time is my favorite genre now. Was half-expecting a quirky, fast-paced deduction crime thriller but turned out to be more of a heart-wrenching drama revolving around introversion in japan and human connection as a necessity to survive. I bought the book and never actually got around to reading it, this film might just be the right motivation.
(Sorry for this but I just needed to rant.)
It pains me to see all the hate this film is receiving, but I don't blame any of you though. After all, everyone's entitled to their own opinion. But here's a request: stop focusing on the flaws! I mean, come on, does this film really deserve only one star? Sure there's plot holes and too much exposition. But one star? What about the visuals? Practical effects? McConaughey's performance? Hans Zimmer's score?…
It's the feeling of never wanting a dream to end, desperately trying to go back to sleep hoping that your dream would somehow pick up where it had left off.
But you know very well that it won't. First you'll forget the details. What shirt you were wearing, the exact words you said or wanted to say. Her hand on your palm that felt so tangible just a few seconds ago, reduced to a cold sensation that served as nothing…