Aaaaaaaah! (2015)

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Fucking weird. I either loved this film or hated it and I still can’t decide which. On the plus side: I’ve never seen anything like it. I like the commitment to the idea. The actors. It has serious edge and isn’t afraid to use it for crude and violent reasons. On the down side: the film looks cheap. The production design doesn’t seem to extend beyond what is immediately in front of the lens. Background performers (unaware pedestrians?) don’t seem to be inhabiting the same universe as the main characters and it hurts the illusion quite a bit. Plus the backstory doesn’t appear to extend far beyond what the film drops in on. Surely everyone’s houses would be destroyed to shit long before the events of this movie? Maybe I’m missing something. Are we to take it that the primal nature of these characters has come across suddenly or is it something inherent to the universe since time began? I’m not sure. I’m not sure about a lot of Aaaaaaaah!. It’s an annoying film in that regard. The appeal wears off after about forty minutes as you begin to wonder what the point is but the film remains captivating. I never felt like I wanted to turn it off. Then again I was happy once it finished. A film so divisive I can’t even decide on my own opinion. In short: see it.

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