This is a prime example of an admirable misfire. I absolutely love the director, David Cronenberg, but I don’t feel as though this is one of his best films. I have no qualms with the concept, it’s just the delivery is a little too nice. Cronenberg is a director who creates films that are challenging, that require the audience to think and engage actively; Cosmopolis is too easy going. The edges of Cronenberg’s films are usually jagged and they make you feel uncomfortable. This is smoother and feels too weak, so for me doesn’t amount to an awful lot.
This may be my inner film snob talking, but I still find Avatar to be problematic. I accept that it is a big and bold science fiction film that is piece of technical mastery, but it needs more substance. It’s all well and good having the flashy visuals and the ludicrous action sequences, but if the plot and characters are flimsy then the film falls apart. It may be well directed in terms of visuals, but this is still one of the most ill disciplined pieces of work I’ve seen and one of the most overrated films of our time.
I confess myself disappointed. When I first watched The Raid I was taken back by how fantastic it was; I loved it. What happened with the sequel? It seems like both the style and the substance were drained out, not completely, but a rather high percentage, leaving us with this deflated balloon of a film. I know it’s a larger scale and it was ambitious but I just didn’t like it. I liked The Raid because it was simplicity mastered perfectly. This is a large scale film not done particularly well. It’s not totally awful, but it is massively flawed.
It’s surprising that such a tedious film can be so infuriating. If John Green wants to write appalling literature then fine, but keep it off the cinema screen. To say this film is bad understates just how foul and self indulgent it is. Quite simply, it’s one of the most sickeningly badly written films I’ve ever seen. Not only are the characters dull and irritating, but the screenplay is nauseatingly poor, lacking both drama and comedy. It’s like a hipster comedy and a self-help guide fucked and gave birth to mutated piece of paper with this film printed on it.