Monday, October 25, 2010

Mister Lonely

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Mister Lonely - 3 out of 5

Mister Lonely, a film by Harmony Korine about a Michael Jackson impersonator who meets a Marilyn Monroe impersonator and joins her at a small farm filled with other impersonators. Interesting concept.

But...

My feelings towards Harmony Korine are complicated at best. I would NOT say I am a fan of his work but I also have a respect for the man because most of his films are works of art. Gummo and Kids, while not movies I particularly enjoy, there is no doubt he was sending some powerful messages with them. However, this film lacked Korine's usual commentary and felt more like an attempt and watering down his own self-made cliches in order to gain some mainstream success.

Like his other films, Mister Lonely has the feel of a documentary rather than a typical story driven film. The acting feels and looks natural and it seems like all the actors are a part of the real world interacting rather than being a part of a fictitious world that is often the case in cinema. This is one of the film's strong points. Mister Lonely however suffers from drag as the story doesn't feel long enough for the running time and some sequences seem to be there in order to fill up time. Another low point is the seemingly pointless B-story that takes place along side the main story.

The B-story revolves around a group of nuns and a priest played by Werner Herzog (I'll be honest, the fact Herzog was in it is the sole reason I watched this movie). During an relief trip, one of the nuns accidentally falls out of the plane and prays for God to rescue her. The nun then lands safely, unharmed, on the ground. As a show of faith, other nuns leap out of the plane and all survive. Occasionally during the main story, the film cuts to these nuns and, eventually, they are invited to the Vatican because of these miracles. As the main story progresses, parallels are seen between the plight of the impersonators and the nuns but overall, I felt like this portion of the film could have easily been edited out.

Overall, Mister Lonely is a wonderful concept despite the lack of social commentary that is usually seen in Korine's films. While it doesn't fully hit the target, it still is worth a view if you happen upon it.

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