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Technically impressive, but shallow.
I have the utmost respect for Hitchcock as as filmmaker.
The tracking shots, the colours, the set, it's all really handsome, but apart from these strictly technical aspects, though, it falls short of pretty much everything else.
First off, let me just get this off my chest: STOP MISINTERPRETING NIETZSCHE. He did NOT believe in a superhuman race that was allowed to kill all people perceived as inferior. That was Hitler. All he said was that we should ALL set out to look for our own values and ideals, breaking free of those pre-imposed by society, hence becoming a race of "Übermensch". At no point did he say that murdering people was OK. His words were twisted by his family when his work was published, then the nazis and finally by a bunch of Hollywood directors. The poor man is spinning in his grave.
That being said, I can't have much respect for a film that doesn't understand the philosophical statements its characters make. The characters themselves are quite bi-dimensional, and the acting isn't great. The dialogue is dull. The psychological angle to the story is almost completely glossed over. Overall what we get is a good piece of cinema that diesn't have anything to say, and what little it has to say it messes up completely. Sorry, but if like me you're looking for some depth or meaning in a film, this is not it.
One of the worse shows I've ever seen.
It just baffles me how this piece of garbage has such a high rating.
"What's so bad about it?", you may ask.
Yes, the production values are terrible.
Yes, the acting is mediocre at best.
Yes, it's completely unrealistic and laughable.
But what really got me was how mind bogglingly stupid and clichèd the writing was.
Let me just describe to you a scene of this show, which also happens to be one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.
The daughter and wife are escaping a group of terrorists.
The wife, DURING THE CHASE, stops the car and gets out to check if they've lost them, as you do.
Now, the car is parked in a quite nice, wide and solid path. But wait... just as I'm mentally screaming "don't you dare", the ground under the car collapses for no apparent reason, and the car goes a-rolling down the hill, with the daughter still inside, catches fire and explodes.
In that moment I made a promise to myself: if the daughter was still alive after that, I would stop watching the thing.
Sure enough, a few episodes later we learned that she threw herself out of the car before it exploded, Jason Bourne style, getting only a few scratches on the knuckles.
Before we learn this, though, we have to watch the show turn into an Argentinean telenovela for a few episodes, as the mother sees the wreckage of the car, passes out, and loses her memory. She got to wander around for a bit, hooking up with strangers, before yours truly decided that enough was quite enough.
I can't for the life of me understand how anyone could possibly find this bearable, let alone good.
I almost never give such low ratings, but this trash deserved it, please take my word for it.
The Ritual (2017)
As good as horror gets
This is what I'm talking about!
Scary, engaging, realistic, this is all I ask from a horror film.
Horrors these days don't understand the importance of setting an atmosphere and creating relatable characters, but this one does.
The claustrophobic anxiety induced by something as simple as getting lost in the woods is captured perfectly, the supernatural element creeping is is just as well.
I really sympathized with the protagonist, and I didn't think the ending was a let down, as it showed how he finally won the struggle with his inner demons.
The acting was solid, and the camerawork was on point.
I wish all horrors were this good.