The Worst Person in the World

The Worst Person in the World ★★★★

More and more each year I feel like there's always some indie drama that takes a stab at examining the millennial generation. So much so that initially when this movie started, I thought it was going to be kind of tiresome. But that feeling was pretty quickly dashed by the film's unique style, structure and ability to really and truly tap into the anxiety and desires that come with seemingly being forced to settle into adulthood.

I actually found the editing style of this movie very interesting and kind of thematically important to the character arc of Julie. The movie starts with this very quickly edited montages as you blaze through Julie's college years. It's very rhythmic and energetic. As the movie progresses, scenes get longer and cuts become more frequent. I think that was a very interesting way to show the way in which Julie matured. It does make for this really stark contrast between the first and third act of the movie, not necessarily in the best way since the third act can feel like a big of a drag but I do appreciate how purposeful the editing style was.

There's also these incredibly creative and masterfully done fantasy sequences at various points in the movie that were stunning and easily worth the ride. And they're not just there to add a weird surrealistic quirk to the movie. They give a really insightful looks into Julie's mind at that given time without spelling it out with words. Which is kind of ironic because the movie does employ voice over which is normally a big no-no but it surprisingly work here but I don't know why. Maybe it's because a lot of humor was derived from the narration and it didn't feel like the narration was trying to replace emotional resonance but simply enhance it.

The movie also employs a chapter structure in which each chapter focuses on one event or one theme. It's a nice way to break down the movie it individual parts but it doesn't stop the movie from feeling like a whole piece when it all comes together. It also feels fitting since the idea of "starting a new chapter" in one's life is a major theme of the film with one of the chapters being cheekily titled "A New Capter."

All of this though is really just window dressing to the core of the movie: a deeply moving and effecting story of a women that doesn't know what she wants and struggles to stay in one place. She's excited by what is novel and different to her routine. She's not content with the her current life path but also doesn't know what direction to take herself. She's a deeply flawed and complex character which makes her feel incredibly real and relatable. The sort of restlessness she has with life is something that resonated with me a lot. While reliability is nice, sometimes it can become tiresome and feel like it's forcing you to run in place which can be exhausting. Those feelings of wanderlust that come at this sort of time in a person's life were conveyed so beautifully here.

There's a lot more going on here than just millennial woes though. There's questions about mortality, the necessity of controversial art and even the validity of sexually dominate men in a feminist world. There's a lot of stuff to take away from it depending on your perspective. I chose to focus on Julie's aimlessness and how that relates to where I am in my journey but I could see myself maybe focusing more on what the film has to say about love and relationships next time.

Funny, poignant, surreal and a well of humanistic questions. I really enjoyed this and the film has even grown on me since I started writing this diary entry. A fascinating and moving film.

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