Review – We Are The StrangeMay 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.