Burning ★★★★★

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If you were to watch two clips of this from the beginning and the end completely out of context, you would likely think that these clips were from seperate films. The two halves of this movie are extremely different, yet somehow, the film manages to move along smoothly, so much so that I couldn’t even find myself mad at how slow the first half moves. 

In the end, all of the build up can seem disappointing, it seems as though nothing at all happens, but really EVERYTHING kind of happens. There’s a certain unease carried throughout this whole film, a certain dread hanging over each and every scene that made me naseous at some points. 

It can appear as though this film wants you to root for a certain character at points, but the closer we get to the end, the more jumbled (in a good way) it becomes. What do we think we know? Who’s really at fault here? What exactly happened? All of the leads play their parts well, making their characters believable, even if they’re not completely likable at all times, but that’s what makes it even better. 

Films that allow you to sort of form your own story based on clues sprinkled throughout are some of my favorites for a reason. Burning is best when it’s ambiguous, allowing the viewer to have different interpretations on each character and scenario. I can totally see why people wouldn’t like this, but something that leaves me thinking this much and this many days after viewing is something instantly special to me.

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