Burning ★★★★½

A subtly mesmerizing & haunting multilayered mystery serving as social commentary as well as a deeply personal tale of love, life, and the pursuit of happiness. It’s simplistic yet it’s the nuances of this simplicity that will have Burning stuck in your brain long after it’s over.

This is one of the few 2+ hour movies that I finished and immediately waited to rewatch to pick up on clues I missed during my initial viewing. Just from specific scenes, I can recall, are made more disturbing after learning the big reveal at the end of the film.

There is some artsy fat on burning, some scenes seemingly have little impact on the story/too long of takes, but in the end, it adds to the mysticism vibe of the entire production.

Despite at one point being worried that the film would end TOO ambiguously, Burning is terrific as a complete package and definitely deserving of your time.

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