ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – S – The Square (2017) Movie Rob’s Pick

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“If you place an object in a museum does that make this object a piece of art? ” – Christian

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A museum curator has his life upturned after losing his wallet and cellphone, presumably by a pickpocket.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for years, but the fact that I’m not the biggest fan of foreign language films always kept me far away.

The story itself is a mess and they try too hard to cram so many different ideas into this story that things come across so disjointed.

The mix between the various cultures in the story is applauded because it adds to the way things flow.

The story unfortunately gets a bit too complex along the way which hurts things a bit too much.

There are parts of the story that are far too esoteric for their own good and makes things even more confusing to watch unfold.

The film is 2 and a half hours long and moves along a bit too slowly and fails to keep things enjoyable as the story tries to move along.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ruben Östlund won the Palme d’Or for this movie, marking the first time a predominantly Swedish production received the honor since The Best Intentions (1992) in 1992 and the first time a Swedish director won since Alf Sjöberg for Miss Julie (1951). (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

Her Smell (2018) Movie Review

Director: Alex Ross Perry

Writer: Alex Ross Perry (Screenplay)

Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Agyness Deyn, Gayle Rankin, Ashley Benson

Plot: A self-destructive punk rocker struggles with sobriety while trying to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success.

Runtime: 2 Hours 16 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Slow

Story: Her Smell starts as we see how Becky Something (Moss) a punk rocker was on the top of the world before crashing, she is trying to make a recovery with a new young punk band led by Crassy Cassie (Delevingne) comes into Becky’s life, she looks to try and find new inspiration.

Becky continues to show how she controlling ways look to use the people around her, with her stardom being the thing that everyone wants and nobody can gain without Becky’s help.

Thoughts on Her Smell

Characters – Becky Something is the big punk rock star that can sell out arenas, she has a baby, but is still hooked on the drugs and drink which have taken over the life, she doesn’t know how to stop, until it becomes too much for her body to take. She needs to reassess her life before it is too late, clean up her act and become a mother to her young children. We also get to meet the different members of the band through the years, some have always supported her others haven’t, the managers, the young upstarts, everything that is looking to Becky to help their careers.

PerformancesElisabeth Moss is the strongest part of the film, she does bring new versions of herself to life during each chapter of the film. When de look at the rest of the cast, we do get each big name get heavily involved in a different chapter of the film.

StoryThe story here follows a self-destructive punk rock star who sees her life spiralling out of control, where she must try to put everything back together before it is too late for her career and parenthood. This story is shot in a method of just diving into chapters of Becky’s life, this does show the biggest moments of her career, be it the destructive moments or the epiphany she required. When it comes to what is happening with the self-destructive punk rock star, it isn’t something we haven’t seen before and often seen more often in biographical terms too. Certain chapters do seem slower than others, while others having a much bigger impact overall.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show the behind the scenes for gigs, the chaos back there too, with the only calm location being away from the stage.

Scene of the Movie – The calm with the daughter.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The jumps are too random.

Final Thoughts This is a slow moving film that follows the self-destruction a punk rock star could go through and how important the road to recovery can be.

Overall: Slow moving.

ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – S – The Square (2017) Movie Review

Director: Ruben Ostlund

Writer: Ruben Ostlund (Screenplay)

Starring: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary, Christopher Laesso

Plot: A prestigious Stockholm museum’s chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit.

Runtime: 2 Hours 31 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Very Odd

Story: The Square starts as we meet Christian (Bang) a museum art curator that has always needed to make difficult decisions when it comes to what they can and can’t exhibit, with his choices usually going down well, which has led to him have a big reputation in the field.

After Christian gets robbed, his personal takes a strange, twist and add in the change to his own decision to introduce a controversial piece to the latest exhibit, one that has more people scratching their heads.

Thoughts on The Square

Final Thoughts The Square is a movie that shows the story of one man’s life going in a direction he didn’t imagine, seeing him make decisions he wouldn’t normally make, getting involved in small crimes and seeing his wild partying start to catch up with him. The acting in the film is strong throughout, with Claes Bang being left to do most of the work too. The story does seem to feel kind of odd with each chapter not feeling as connected to the previous, with many of the scenes jumping between the main two storylines going on, it is hard to understand how it isn’t just an odd couple of weeks in Christian’s life, where if you were a fan of Force Majeure, you will get a lot more out of this film, if you didn’t enjoy that one as much, you can see why you won’t get the pure enjoyment out of this one.

Overall: Oddball Film.