well acted, written, and it just damn looks good. it's a charmingly fanciful story that breaks down the boundaries of reality to create a truly wonderful world. this definitely makes me want to watch the rest of Chan-wook Park's filmography.
Weird. But in a good way. I think. There are moments where you think Park is overdoing it with the quirkiness, but a minute later he hits you with a sublime moment of bittersweet brilliance (I mean... never in my life did I expect to be moved by the installation of a rice-megatron).
Nobody gets their achilles' tendon slit, or their teeth forcibly extracted with a claw hammer. My first non-vengeance Park film, and I have to say I was at least a little impressed. Just a beautiful, clever film. Not especially deep, but it's not like every movie has to be a brutal analysis of man's seeming addiction to cruelty, degradation, shame and suffering.
Ingenius opening titles and marvelous special effects, original mood, sweet leading actress, but practically everything else is annoying and pain in the ass. I got the point; the idea and message are important. I just hated the other characters and the story was extremely stucky and populated with subplots which disturbed the main story. Sorry Chan-wook, I don't fancy that kind of pointless humour.
There's nothing that's ever completely straightforward about a Park film, even this absurd comedy (or off-kilter tragedy if you prefer) isn't as simple as it seems at first. A young woman being institutionalized for thinking that she's a cyborg sets the stage for Park's usual quirkiness, but surprisingly enough there are moments that are appropriately heavy, tender, perhaps even somewhat romantic. The main criticism that I have with all of Park's work is that the editing could be tighter.
Park Chan-Wook repels his conventional themes of revenge, murder and death to create a quirky rom-com set in a mental hospital. Glowing with a rainbow palette and enchanting score, Cyborg is camp, beautiful and bittersweet. Original on so many levels, its one of Chan-Wook most accessible, if not entirely representative, gems.
A very good surreal movie. It has a David Lynch meets Cronenberg type of feel and pulls it off quite well. The visuals and music are great and the plot, while not easy to follow is understandable enough. The ending felt a little weak to me, but they always do in these types of movies.
The premise is wonderful, the execution less so. It is quite funny and, in its own strange way, it does deliver in the romance aspect (in fact it is really, really sweet) but at times it is almost too cloying in its strangeness and the mix of styles, tones and content here never gels completely. It feels like a bit of a mess, and at times it is hard to know quite what Park is getting at or intending, but it is a solidly amusing mess and I quite enjoyed it.
Quirky has never been so accurate for a film, and while it can get overly quirky, it mostly remains in the realm of happily elicited smiles and hearty chucking. Plus, beyond the quirk, it's sweet, touching, and highly imaginative. Simply a lot of fun.