Saturday, July 16, 2011
Writer: Quentin Dupieux
Director: Quentin Dupieux
Cinematographer: Quentin Dupieux
Starring: Robert the tire
Robert the Tire wreaks havoc on a small southwestern town. Some people in the town are more aware of what's going on than others are.
fairly awesome! this was insanely well directed and totally bizarre and funny and warped. i love that shit. i wouldn't say campy or "b" because of the level of quality of the shots. a real good time was had by me ingesting this through my eyeballs. i would tell anyone to watch this.
even though the theme is "no reason" which is pointed out in a monologue in the very beginning, there was a whole lot of thought that went into it. we were laughing at how shakespearian it actually was. excellent.
As an exercise, this was quite great. This movie was shot so beautifully, providing composition and clarity absent in movies with ten times the budget or name trade, that it could excuse practically any shit plot. The beauty of the cinematography was so subtle, lingering on scenes which required either excessive forethought or true genius for just enough time to show you the content of the scene, that it could excuse practically any horrifically disgusting subject matter.
Thankfully, those excuses aren't all that necessary. The plot is thin, but it's explicitly supposed to be thin. The subject matter, while explicit, is not offensive because it doesn't mean to be offensive. Keeping almost every shot for exactly the right number of frames serves the picture well.
I did have some issues with the presentation of the plot. It kind of collapses under the weight of its own cleverness near the end. The idea of using spectators within the movie to comment on the goings on is a nice call to the Greek chorus; but involving the chorus with the machine of the plot turned me off a little. The idea of some characters being aware that they're in a movie is neither particularly new nor particularly bad; but the joke lightens the background a little too much.
But this is just MOster being MOster again. (I guess it's one of those mornings.) I truly enjoyed watching this film, even if I think it needed a little more restraint to set itself free. If you're at all interested in the technique of film you should rush to watch this movie. If you're at all interested in awesome little movies, this should be near the top of your to-do list.