by Daniel H. Rowe
A cinematic experience that is a shame to miss out on.– Daniel H. Rowe
Cons: The acting can be a little blunt/over-reactive and the film is very tense to a point that it’s not a film to be watching at a particular stressful time in your life.
Pros: The intensity, however, works in most cases of the film, but I love how unfiltered it is. It’s blunt, honest and has some weird comedy in place. Not only does it do that, but it also gives quick contrast between economic backgrounds via jump cuts. The audience may think that the family are justified and that it’s acceptable given their circumstances, or they could think exactly the opposite. One can say the Parks take advantage of their staff, throwing them away as if they were trash.
The film takes sharp turns in tone when the family discovers something, we can see it change in lighting and general feel. The film maintains a cyclical narrative, starting with the semi-basement in the day time, where it is dry and the situation seems dim but ordinary. But ending the film with the streets covered with wet, glistening snow, remembering the tragic events of the film and the time they’d have to wait for that happy ending.
This is a cinematic experience that is a shame for someone to miss out on.