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.

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