"These sculptures, costumes, and chunks of hardware are often wince-inducingly dangerous, with the recurring presence of the eccentric ‘Kongo Astronaute’ constantly hand-making live electrical currents around his head so he can light up the night. The film is full to the brim with this kind of reckless vision, and there’s rarely a single shot that isn’t populated by an eye-widening work of art."
"The queen is often captured in somatic images of abjection; the camera frequently lingers on her wounded and tethering leg that disables her to walk, but the lure of authority grants her body its desirability and its status as battleground."
"The film presents Joe as battling to suppress these memories as they emerge at inopportune moments, conveying a vigorous internal conflict that never feels truly resolved until the film’s final moments. Joe’s traumatic past has resulted in a number of self-destructive coping strategies that we see him wrestle with constantly and which are mirrored in Nina’s equally bleak character arc."
"Mandy is a vision so ludicrously kaleidoscopic that it will (hopefully) alter the light in which Cage is viewed, and it marks perhaps the greatest synthesis between the actor and a director who matches his rhythm since David Lynch wrote a snakeskin jacket into the screenplay of Wild at Heart upon Cage’s request."
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