Especially the first part drags on way too long. This should have been a 100-minute movie.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
There are two main parts of this movie about ckass conflict, one on a boat, another on an island. The half on the boat is a biting reflection of class conflict. The island half is much less insightful and interesting. It's as though differerent writers worked on it: unflinching realists on part 1, deluded idealists on part 2.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
not bad I had fun watching it.
Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
Worst movie I have ever watched. It doesnt get any worse than this. Horrible!!! You keep watching thinking the end will get better and it never gets better. Waste of people's time! 🤮
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I loved this movie! Very well written and unique. Must watch
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
very entertaining satire about class, beautifully shot and directed, superbly acted, very funny and very disgusting
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
This is two masterpieces in one film. The two disjunct pieces, both a fascinating examination of wealth and socioeconomic level, are startling and more than worth the price of admission. Woody Harrelson, a communist captain to billionaires, discussing communism with a client who is a Russian Oligarch, it might be the greatest conversation in cinema history.
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
This was nominated for best picture? Had to watch in multiple segments just to finish. Even that was hanging by a thread.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
This title caught my attention as it got fleeting mentions at this year's Academy awards (2023) with three nominations, while all the winners were in the spotlight. A Palme d'Or win at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival must have meant something significant though.
It's really a straight-forward story about two people; and all the worldly acquaintances that join in over time. Though the way of telling the story is simple and candid, the nuances of conversations are delectable. Not really a fable or a preacher's tale, but plenty of dialogues and monologues to read into.
It all starts with Carl (Harris Dickinson) and his audition as a model for a fashion brand. He is photographed and "studied" closely in a room packed with others vying for the same spot. Cut to a fashion show he is ardently spectating and we meet his lover Yaya (Charlbi Dean), a more prolific model. A dinner date follows, concluding with a very insightful discussion and we get a real feel, a good idea of what we have embarked on as an audience.
The plot is quite neatly segmented into three chapters; "Carl & Yaya", "The Yacht" and another one that you will eventually find out about if you can successfully march through the second chapter. At this point, I must mention specifically; the film may not be appropriate for those with a touch of sea sickness and/or adversity to the sight of nausea. It's not really a horror film, but it's a word of caution.
For those who may not already know (like me), we meet the real meaning of the title right at the beginning. Candidly, matter-of-factly, just like the film flows from start to finish.
I found the frame of view really attractive. Generally stable with subtle pivots. Fixed focus during shots, almost giving it a point-of-view quality; like how one of the characters would be seeing the goings on. It may not be the first time it has been used, but it gave me the time and space (and the absence of chaos) to gaze at the character's expressions, their mannerisms, reactions, antics during the dialogues or otherwise. The shots in a rocking boat feel immersive.
The cast (besides the "lovers") is a vibrant mix of talent from Europe and Asia; Vicki Berlin, Iris Berben, Sunnyi Melles, Zlatko Burić, Henrik Dorsin, Dolly De Leon and many more "cruisers", though the American Woody Harrelson is prominently recognizable in a brief but colourful role.
There's tons of nods towards and satire of common social aspects that float around us; the prevailing "insta"-culture, the inebriated arrogance of wealth, prejudice, guilt, the perpetual debate on gender equality and of course, the demonic divide of classes. The "battle of quotes" in a drunken stupor is comical and ponder-worthy at the same time. Well, almost every other scene in the film is comical from a certain perspective. And I have always been a sucker for black comedy.
At a certain point (and scene) it heavily reminded me of another underrated film from last year – Ralph Fiennes' (deliciously dark recipe) "The Menu". Not identical twins, but surely siblings from different mothers.
Ruben Östlund who directed this film, also won the Palme d'Or for his previous venture, "The Square" (2017). I wouldn't be surprised if he made something around the "circular" nature of things next, considering his penchant for geometrical shapes, but I'm sure I would look forward to it.
Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
This movie is like what hollywood is: narcissistic, boring, pretentius, pointless. Another movie made by priviledges people wanting to criticize capitalism whereas they fully embrace it. It is a non funny and one million time déjà vu caricature.