Thursday, 1 September 2011

That was some pretty good sex last night, huh?

Eagle vs Shark (2007)
Chosen by me because it looked interesting.

Films like this are always tricky to play tonally. At their worst they become exaggerated exercises in taking the piss out of pathetic people. Even when the film clearly loves it's characters (as this one does) it's hard not to feel a mean, misanthropic spirit at play.
This film avoids it slightly by setting it in a world where all the characters are left of centre rather than just the main ones. Though they are picked on and clearly looked down on by some they fit in the universe and function, more or less.
Strong performances help avoid some of the pitfalls and it has a strong sense of setting and assured, relaxed direction.
Interesting but slight.

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