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aidan croft’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
It’s just messy folks. A visual and aesthetic triumph for sure. It’s obviously a very lovingly crafted film. And if I were rating it solely on that this review would be so much higher.
But it’s just kind of a mess I think! Nothing is very consistent in terms of character motivation. Why do they stop caring about their friends being gone? Why do they continue to participate in the activities right after being traumatized by the first big event?
Also I don’t think Ari knows how to write a thesis. I don’t either, but I’m pretty sure people who pick a thesis do so because they know a lot around the surrounding topic, not just pick something up and learn about it. That’s the degree not the THESIS. Like they were asking BASIC questions about the culture and like, I know it’s very secretive, but why were they asking such basic questions! Also why didn’t they give their Swedish friend more shit for not telling them people were gonna KILL THEMSELVES.
Its paced awkwardly, and not in a good way. Each scene on its own is pretty rad! But as a whole film, it’s pretty jerky.
Again, aesthetically, MINDBLOWING. But it just doesn’t say anything about anything. Like is it about relationships and jealousy? Is it about coming of age? I don’t knoooooowwwwwwwwwwwww
Maybe I’m a dummy though and this is just smarter than me.
ALSO WTF is it saying about bipolar????????????? That feels very demonizing sir.