Movie Reviews: A Bigger Splash

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As many who know me can attest, I am a fan of foreign films. Usually, I would even admit that English films that take place in Europe usually get a pass from me for effort. In some regards, it is even more relatable to watch the cultural fish out of water story than something more authentic and locally made. You can read my review of Lost in Translation as an example of this. It had an impact on me that a Japanese made film with Japanese actors could not.

To a certain degree, most Science Fiction works this way. We want to see humanoids battle space dictators and enter light speed. Seldom are the protagonists in film a six foot one-eyed blob called Qloip.

Simply, we want to relate.

A Bigger Splash basically throws those principals out the window. Most of the characters are so unlikeable  an uninteresting that they might as well be Qloip. I was incredibly bored most of the movie, despite the effort Ralph Fiennes put in to try to make it entertaining. There is a limit an eccentric character can save a film if it isn’t a comedy.

Then, there were the flashbacks as if it would reveal some secrets that audience couldn’t infer from the acting and dialogue.

Tilda Swinton, despite being a decent actor, is pretty unbelievable as a rock star. Matthias Schoenaerts is pretty unforgettable in playing the boytoy boyfriend that represents a physical outlet.  Dakota Johnson is just as convincing as she was in Fifty Shades of Gray.

Ralph Fiennes is decent, and maybe it would have been a better story if it just followed him  in his POV the entire time, even to the splashy ending.

This movie simply will be flushed from my mind, which is a rather difficult feat with an interesting environment.

Movie Rating: 2/10 splashes

Movie Reviews: Haute Cuisine

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Haute Cuisine directed by Christian Vincent

Currently streaming on Netflix, the story of Haute Cuisine answers the age old question of what happens when a country bumpkin chef who strives for the very best is thrust into the high visibility position as the personal chef of the country’s most powerful man. What you get is a foodie coming of age story that is coincidently enough told in mysterious flashback.

The story begins with her in Antartica and story dangles intrigue in the promise of answering a question.

After 90 minutes, the question is answered but to be honest, is a bit of a let down.

Was this only based on a true story?

The riddle is confusing when you pay attention the penultimate scene in the movie, which begs the audience to decide for themselves.

Were some things left out?

Was it all about the food?

With the true money shots of the film showing the close ups of the food, I would surmise it was the choice of the director and screenwriter to focus on the Haute Cuisine.

Be warned, the movie is French, so you’ll have to get your glasses on to read all the subtitles.

Movie Rating: 5/10 Truffles