Man man man, I really love this subject but the completely over the top, loudly mixed, overbearing soundtrack that just goes on and on and on and smothers everything made it unwatchable. Just had to turn it off after 30 minutes.
Man was this a mess of a movie. So many different little ideas cobbled together without any underlying coherent vision or more importantly, commitment to any of them. And because of that it fails in any of the directions the story could have potentially been taking. The whole finale was laughable in it's unearned seriousness. And then to start the credits with such a cheap horror thunder soundtrack sound. Hahaha.
Very very ambitiious & intelligent script, great visuals, music and acting. Will be regarded as a masterpiece in years to come.
So don't believe all these "worst blah blah blah ever" people. This film either flies over their heads or they slavishly compare it to to "the original". It;s a very different beast alltogether, way more ambitious in it's themes but hey....it isn't the technicolor set piece nightmare that the original was (let's also not forget that despite that the original has a very poor script, always Argento's weak spot)
Silly people with their silly "worst movie ever" reviews
While not as great as Aster's debut (best horror film of the last 10 years) this is another very good, intelligent horror drama.
Intentionally uneasy viewing, and very intentionally funny as well.
With a slow build that really works (is even needed, the longer director's cut is better therefore than the theatrical cut) to soak up the atmosphere.
And hey....of course all this brings out the fury (the 1 scoring fury) of people who like their movies fast, dumb and without ambiguity. And cannot understand so it seems there are different kind of films as well. That are not for them....but nonetheless (hugely) appreciated by different people.
Got a half decent idea for a short tv episode (but hey... leave out the cuckoo opening scenes then, no need to spell out the whole thing beforehand) but as a feature it's just an amateurish mess without much thought, balance in it's storytelling or coherence behind it (and yes it is "surreal" but that doesn't make it any better)
My God, how many cliches about war (and war movies) can you pile up in one film? A lot it seems. There's not a single line of dialogue or sequence in the script that isn't a rehash of far better movies, the dialogue mostly consists of overblown, patriotic rubbish, the wives that stay at home are portrayed idiotic. And the Vietcong have little sequences that are supposed to show them as "being humans too", after which they get massacred by the thousands by the brave American soldiers. And apart from the fact that it's a very bad movie in itself, it's also another bad movie that tries to simplify and rewrite history in a very ugly way.
Though it's long since I've seen the movie (but I've seen it a couple of times) the previous comment urged me to write something. This is an EXCELLENT movie. It's in a very different tone than the other two "dead" movies. Whereas "dawn" was largely played for laughs (except for the end) this one's dead (forgive the pun) serious! No laughs. A very nihilistic movie that's claustrophobic and towards the end VERY gory (that's why it's banned in some countries). However, none of this is played for laughs (as in most contemporary horror movies) and therefore very disturbing. It doesn't paint a very bright picture about humankind. But if you're in for a serious movie (and be scared ****less) definitely go see it!
Simply put this is a great movie. And one that was years ahead it's time dealing with the now so popular "serial killer" theme. But most interesting about the movie is the way it makes you think about the moral aspects of the death penalty. Friedkin simply shows and lets the viewer make up his /her own mind about it. That's why it succeeds: it doesn't want to teach you a moral lesson or oversimplify like most Hollywood fare does. And on top of that it has a wonderful Ennio Morricone score.