Sunday, December 04, 2016

High Rise (Ben Wheatley, 2016)

Little disappointed by this one. In what I assume is an effort to show the story's continuing resonance, any concrete 1970s political or social detail is elided - but the result is that all that's left are porn star haircuts and the idea that it's bad that society is so divided. Which I do, of course, agree with... The relation between realism and allegory is neither clear nor mysterious, which renders the events rather inconsequential - it's difficult to be shocked or even surprised when you're already clear that anything can happen. And the other consequence of this is that - I'm afraid - the film ends up a little boring.

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