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The movie wants to be some deep artsy film about the beauty vampires of the model industry... but it just came off to me as a filmmaker beating off to his own filmmaking.
I'd actually amend this to say the movie wants to be a filmmaker beating off to his own filmmaking. Even the plot reflects that in its own sort of clunky way. I don't think Refn has any bones about being blatantly indulgent or reveling in certain images and content for their own sake. I appreciate that approach, even though it doesn't always pay off (case could be made that it rarely does).
Just thinking out loud here though more than anything, not necessarily making a defense for the film. It's goofy as fuck, and while I enjoyed it, I've barely thought about it since it came out. A friend of mine went to a screening with Refn and Reeves and suggested to me essentially that Reeves take on the film was much more appealing whereas half of what Refn said only made sense to him and left the audience confused (an audience of his own fans no less). Dude is a loon... but I love him. Refreshing to see a filmmaker with practically no self-consciousness and a genuine wild card during a time where so many films feel like the same shit.
But no. Not the greatest film for sure. I can totally understand the disconnect.
I liked it. I didn't know where it was going half the time, which I actually appreciated. It's nice not being able to predict a film beat-by-beat, which has become too easy to do with recent releases IMO, especially in this genre. But yes, I did find it a little self-indulgent. Not that I minded though, since the cinematography was amazing.
Watched this last night, yikes. What a load of trash.
Pretty sure I fell asleep at one point then skipped to the "gory bits".
Nothing good about this at all, donít waste your time. How on earth do these get funded, who reads this script and goes "wow, youíve really got something great here", WTF!!!!!!!!!!!
Chances are the writer came after funding was obtained. Often, the idea sells first. They may even have some cast. Once the script is written, the director either destroys it or turns it into a masterpiece. Unless the very idea was shite to begin with, of course.