Watching Funny Games is like revisiting an old fuck up friend, but something is off. They’re exactly the same as you remember them, physically and mentally, they haven’t changed at all, but the vibe in the room doesn’t feel right at all. Everything feels off and mostly for the worst. You don’t know why they’re so different even though they’re exactly the same but here they are.
The same charms are there, the sense of dread is still there, the brilliantly fucked up violence is still all there. However, it doesn’t quite feel right. That sadistic edge the original had is gone, even if the actions are still there. It all feels empty inside, like a shell of itself. This isn’t to say that it is still a rather strong shell, but it certainly has no meat encased inside it. What an odd and pointless remake, adds nothing to the table.