Burning

Burning ★★★★

Burning is one of the slowest films I’ve ever seen. It’s so slow that, on a first watch, the first hour and a half of the film feels aimless and boring. But when the last hour hits and you slowly start to piece together what’s going on, it’s absolutely genius.

This is the kind of movie that makes every single scene important. Every metaphor, every character interaction, every shot matters. It’s a thinker.

It’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. The lighting is fucking perfect. Every lighting choice sets the mood for the scene perfectly, it really brings you into it.
The cinematography is fantastic to. You just get so much out of every shot. Even in times where the plot was light I was still in awe of the shots.

Steven Yuen is, nearly terrifying. He is very clearly a sociopath. But he’s just so normal. And when the twist hits and you realize what he’s actually doing it’s even scarier.
Yoo Ah-in is fantastic. Jong-Su is an incredibly socially awkward character, and he gives one of the most convincing performances of social anxiety I’ve ever seen.

It’s not a perfect film, there’s still some loose ends that go nowhere and there’s a side plot that’s not nearly as interesting as the main one. But it’s definitely one of my favourites of the year.

Also hey look I stopped myself from making the “slow burn” joke that everybody and their fucking mother made.

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