So, Valhalla Rising was an arthouse snooze. It's just grunting and pretty pictures. I need narrative, boys! Or characters, I'll take either. All this has is a didactic "going to war for religion sure is stupid" philosophy and Mads Mikkelsen's face turning to stone keeping that same damned expression going for 90 minutes.
The Kids Are All Right was mostly good. The dialogue was on point (it's so rare to hear movie characters talk like real people!), the characters at the core were likable and solid. I have two big issues that drop it down for me:
1. The side characters are pointless, one-dimensional crap. Why does Clay exist and what is the movie trying to say by including him? The core characters are drawn so well, and then we get all of these side caricatures and I don't get it.
2. Some moments that drive the plot forward seem really OOC. Yeah, I'm talking about "that part." Some others too, but mainly that one. There are these bits that Hollywoodize the story and give it conflict and they seem to come from a screenwriting class instead of a natural growth of what these people would do in these situations.
I don't want to sound all negative, as I quite enjoyed the film. The moments of characters watching TV and laughing at National Geographic ("WHERE IS MY KNIFE!?!?") or the parts with them sitting around a table talking about their favorite albums or their jobs, or the bitter arguments and sniping... those worked. And it is so rare to see those work.
Unfortunately, I just spent a dollar to watch I Saw the Devil on Amazon.
At its most absurd, this could make me smile a little bit. That cab ride was so silly that I laughed, and the cannibal house was pretty funny in a "fuck logic" kind of way.
But... ugh. This sort of grotesque revenge fantasy is just sickening for the sake of it. Oh wow, we're supposed to feel for this good guy becoming just as bad as the bad guys, whoop-dee-doo. The movie is glorifying every helpless scream and blood spurt, so excuse me while I proceed to not give a shit.