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By lm (Tue Jul 26, 2022 at 09:28:15 AM EST) (all tags)
Definitely a "yep".

I don't say this very often but you want to see this one on the big screen. The cinematography was gorgeous.

My only complaint was the previews at the theatre we went to were much too loud.

We also saw it with open captions which greatly improved my experience.

Don't read the rest if you're worried about spoilers.

There were two main story arcs in play. A minor one about Ricky's experience as a child actor on Gordy's Home, a smash hit sit-com where in the second season, the titular character went nutso and killed almost everyone on set. Memories and flashbacks about this were interspersed into the main plot about siblings OJ and Emerald discovering and fighting an alien creature rather fond of consuming people alive.

It took me forever to connect the two stories. In fact I didn't fully connect them until the day after I had seen the film. The shared themes between the two stories were obvious. The nature of animals. Looking predators in the eye. People who survive tragedy trying to deal with the psychological fallout. But none of those shared themes really felt like they were Jordan Peele's point in introducing the Gordy plot arc.

And then it hit me that the whole movie was an allegory for the infotainment/news/entertainment industry. We as a society have built our own monsters by focusing on spectacles and seeking out our own fame. And the only way to survive that monster who is consuming us alive is to look away.

The minor and major plots were both dances around the ways that we ourselves create the spectacle that consumes not only us but the people that get drawn in to participate or even just to watch.

And now it's time to turn it off, to look away, to say "Nope".

At this point, Jordan Peele could make a movie about washing dishes and I'd pay to go see it.

So obviously, I'm not yet willing to look away from the spectacle consuming me.

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Didn't even know about it by xth again (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Aug 01, 2022 at 12:26:20 PM EST
The Kids have monopolised our viewing habits so much I don't even know what else is out there. This sounds good, will add to my list

Funny story about that by lm (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Aug 06, 2022 at 08:28:11 PM EST
My mom was in town and we took all of Irene's family and my mom on opening weekend.

Afterwards, my mom who just turned 75 said that she'd already seen it. Turns out she downloaded a bootleg off of reddit.

Everyone in our crew from ages 17 to 75 gave it a thumb's up.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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