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There’s a sadness to the satire in this film. I suppose it’s a sign of the times we’re surviving. Our reality is so absurd it’s hard to sink the boats of bureaucrats with ridicule alone. I suppose that’s what happens when reality becomes the parody of a satire. The ridiculous has become true. A few years ago the fulcrum would’ve been easier to find. Now it has to fight events and characters that weigh so heavily on the scale there’s no pivot, no reciprocal return. None of this is meant as a criticism of the film. Only an observation about how hard it is to make us laugh now. It’s funny is in the absurdness, and the absurdity is ultimately the creator of sadness. It taps into a kind of stoic rationalisation, one that says if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry.
I had great hopes for this. Unfortunately I was disappointed. It was technically competent, but the constant flashing back and forth slowed to a crawl what is, at its core, an adventure story.
Is this Tarantino’s best film? Probably not. Is it his most violent? While it has its moments, I’m going to say no. What it might be though is his most optimistic movie? It’s beautifully constructed, exhibiting a masterful use of music, that subtlety transports you into the psyche of the time. But the most interesting thing for me is the way he reimagines the era with a strange kind of optimism. He weaves into all of the self doubt, anger, blood, drugs, and chomping dog bites, the possibility of better world. He does this by making you pause and think about what could’ve been. And when you do that you’re forced to ask, how can things be different?
This film has a certain energetic charm to it. As quirky as it is colour-blind.
A strong piece of pure cinema. Hardly any dialogue. Just pictures and sound telling the story. Mads Mikkelsen is engaging as the man battling to survive against a hostile environment. Bloody good.
Prompted by Boris Johnson’s refusal to release the “Russian Report”, John Sweeney has turned whistle-blower. He sent the following letter dated November 4 2019 to OfCom accusing BBC News and Current Affairs of being risk-averse, and or corrupt. Please share his letter. His accusations are the the latest in a long line of stories relating to Russian interference in British politics.
Here is the Twitter thread that prompted Mr. Sweeney to release his letter to OfCom.