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Review – We Are The Strange

May 28, 2008

Just a caveat for you – this movie is definitely not for everyone. It’s so non-narrative, I’m not even going to attempt to summarize what’s going on.

Ever wonder what kind of film a four year old might make if he had a budget?  I don’t mean that in a derogatory way, but seriously – what kind of narrative might a four year old make?  Watching this might answer that question for you.  I watched this twice. Once for the imagery, then again for the director’s commentary.  The filmmaker, M. dot Strange (whose real name probably is Jeff Smith or something) references a four year old’s viewpoint in how a story is told in the commentary, and I think that’s a good way to look at it.  He also talks about how the old men in the audience would stream out of the theater at Sundance at a certain point, and I could see that too. The mashup of Nintendo, anime, & the Quay Brothers won’t appeal to most.

He also talks a bit too much about alienating the squares in the audience (yes we get it – this film isn’t for everyone) and about how he made this in sequence (second scene follows the first, & so on) which explains why a couple of plot points (if this film can be said to actually have a plot) fall by the wayside.  Ultimately, if you have patience for Art films or interested in the use of raw imagery on film,  you might want to give this a chance.

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