Thursday, December 28, 2023

Go See "Poor Things"

If you haven't already done so, I strongly recommend that you make time this holiday season to go see the new film, "Poor Things" directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe and Mark Ruffalo.

The basic premise a retelling of Frankenstein, with Dafoe as the doctor and Stone as the "monster".  Other than that, the film really defies description.  It is funny, inventive, extremely creative (often bizarre), visually stunning and very entertaining.  You've probably not seen another film like it.

The performances by the main cast are fantastic, with a special shout out for Emma Stone who starts off so simple and child-like, and evolves over the film to someone who is much smarter and worldlier than many people.  I would be shocked if she doesn't get nominated for best actress for this film.  Her performance alone is worth the price of admission.

I was initially thrown by the film, not having read much about it before seeing it.  Was this supposed to be dramatic, scary, farcical, funny?  It quickly establishes its tone and is really quite funny with so many humorous lines, visual gags and physical bits that kept me laughing throughout the film.

I agree that some of the material is bizarre, and the film may not be for everyone.  It is kind of crazy in a similar way to "Everything Everywhere All At Once".  You need to accept that anything can happen.  But if you are willing to go for the ride, I think most people will find this film super-entertaining.  Let me know what you think.

Thanks for reading.


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