Burning ★★★½

Creeping existential horror lurks beneath a placid surface. Ambiguous in both narrative and commentary, but the fatalism of what it insinuates is more chilling than anything it could have spelled out. The characters exist within the outlines of archetypes, the film only teasing that there's something more complex going on within them, but each is so stuck in their own selfish headspace and their world is filled with so much ill-disguised metaphor, their seeming one-dimensionality takes on a near-fable-like quality.

It's a horror-thriller with every horrific or thrilling scene cut out, which works gangbusters when it works, and makes you feel the 148-minute runtime when it doesn't. I'll need to sit on this one.


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