11 August 2014 | blaynebittner
Extremely hard to watch, but has a few points to make
Going into watching this movie, I didn't quite know what to expect from it. I rate it a 7 out of 10 myself because it is a decent work of fiction that does bring up important points in society that are very hard to talk about. As a whole, most people will either hate this movie or love it. I won't watch it again as I didn't personally enjoy it, but a lot of people will. I believe it is important to rate the movie unbiased.
The gore was quite tolerable in this movie, but the characters weren't. The point of the movie is to seriously satire the Korean Film movie industry. Some themes in the movie were too much for me to enjoy. I prefer to make my IMDb reviews with spoilers, so this will be hard to review.
Without giving away the movie itself, I will say that the sex in the movie was too insane for me to enjoy. There are certain subjects that may offend people who are easily offended by sexual subjects. That definitely means this movie isn't for anyone. I would never let an underage person watch it, for example.
The movie follows an actor who plays an actor trying to get famous. Most people will likely hate the character, even the fans of this movie. The reason I say that is because of how horrible of a person he is through most of the movie. He does some things in his acting career that are obviously immoral and beyond Godless. These things that he does and others do around him are naturally unacceptable by anyone's morals.
The protagonist of book or movie does not have to be a good nor likable person. This is a movie more about the villain. It displays this fictitious young man's movie acting career and the people around him and their careers. There are a lot of things, even if one enjoys the movie, that one should never do. We get to see the worst of human nature from this protagonist.
The antagonist in the movie is a lot more vague than most people understand. He's self destructive so he even antagonizes himself during the movie. The main character is delusional and psychotic. We'd like to think that everyone is good and everyone does good things and they don't. The antagonist is not only everyone who gets in the way of him trying to live happily ever after in a delusional state, its also his own mistakes in a way. There is definitely some uniqueness to this film, but it makes the movie too confusing for most audiences.
The entire movie is extremely dark. The interviews with the cast and crew suggest that the humor in the movie was not completely intentional. I wouldn't call this a dark comedy, but it has its moments despite the intent.
The intent is to show how rough the entertainment can be, how some people are in the industry and explore that atmosphere. Since the movie focuses on a villain as a protagonist, most people will not accept this movie as actual art. I, however not personally liking it, do.
If you like an extremely obtuse and dark movie with lots of graphic nudity and themes, then this movie is for you. I'm male, I'm not saying I don't enjoy nudity, just that the entire approach was too much for me. While I won't watch this again, a lot of people will re-watch it.
Overall, I give the movie a seven out of ten. The reasons are simple; the entire ending and idea is extremely controversial, yet it happens and not enough movies nor shows admit what goes on behind closed doors. A lot of people may rate from 1-9 or even 10, but as someone who studies works of fiction, I see it as just a B+ film. If I was going on personal opinion and taste, I'd rate it a 3. That being said, I was impressed with the film overall as I wasn't expecting much. I know people who I will recommend it to, and I won't recommend it to most of my friends and acquaintances.
There is nothing wrong with enjoying this movie if you can handle the content and get the idea of it. I just don't like it.
Happy movie hunting.