HULK REVIEW “SOMEWHERE” FOR YOU

SOFIA COPPOLA GET LOT OF FLACK. HULK NOT REALLY UNDERSTAND. SOFIA SIMPLY MAKE FEMININE MOVIES. THIS IMPORTANT IN WORLD WHERE FEMALE DIRECTOR HAVE TO BE KATHERINE BIGALOW TO BE SUCCESS (HULK MEAN ONE NEED MAKE TESTOSTERONE-FUELED MOVIES). SO WHY MAKING FEMININE MOVIES SO OBJECTIONABLE? MOVIES NOT MEANT BE FOR EVERYONE. YEAH HULK LIKE COMIC BOOK NERD MOVIE TOO, AND SOFIA OPPOSITE OF THAT, SO WHAT? SOFIA FILL NEED SORELY LACK IN MAINSTREAM.

IT NOT LIKE HER MOVIES SEX AND CITY OR SOMETHING EITHER (WHICH ALSO HULK ALSO FINE WITH… IN DIFFERENT WAY). BUT SOFIA MOVIES: LOW KEY. FEATURE EXCELLENT USE OF SOUND. THEY HAVE DISTINCT EUROPEAN SENSIBILITY AND SHE NOT AFRAID LET SCENES PLAY OUT. SHE KNOW HOW TREAT SUBJECT WITH DELICACY. SHE ALMOST ALWAYS RATHER FEATURE OBSERVATION OVER DRAMA.

THIS NO MAKE HER UNIQUE VOICE IN CINEMA?

OF COURSE IT DO. WHICH MEAN HULK ARGUE SOFIA CRITICAL IN MAINSTREAM CINEMATIC LANDSCAPE.

PICTURED: DAINTY-NESS... DEAL WITH IT NERDS

HULK MAYBE THINK SOME RESENT ENTITLED QUALITY TO HER WORK. HULK UNDERSTAND THIS. ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THIS NEW ONE YET NOTHER FILM ABOUT BORED, DISAFFECTED RICH PEOPLE.  AFTER ALL, IT SOMETIME HARD RELATE PEOPLE WHO NEVER WORRY ABOUT MONEY, REALITY, OR REGULAR THINGS REST OF US HAVE WORRY BOUT ALL THE TIME. (THEN AGAIN, HULK SPEND HULK’S TIME WORRY BOUT IMPENDING DOOM IF LEADER ESCAPE). HULK ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT NEPOTISM INVOLVED IS WORRISOME THING. BUT STILL, A FILM EARNED ON SCREEN NO MATTER HOW IT COME TO BE. A FILM CAN’T BE DISHONEST WITHOUT FEELING DISHONEST. TO QUOTE RASHEED WALLACE: “BALL DON’T LIE.” SO NO MATTER WHO HER FATHER, SOFIA STILL NEED MAKE FILM FOR ALL TO SEE. FILM EQUALIZING IN END. SO WITH THESE TWO CONSIDERATION, SOFIA CHOOSE MAKE MOVIES VERY PERSONAL. IF THESE MOVIE TOOK PLACE IN WORLD SHE NOT KNOW… WOULDN’T THAT BE MORE DISHONEST?

SOFIA FILMOGRAPHY INTERESTING SO FAR. “VIRGIN SUICIDES” SORT OF A MESS, BUT INTERESTING FIRST FORAY. IT DO HAVE VERY NICE FEEL AT POINTS. “LOST IN TRANSLATION” OBVIOUSLY ROUSING SUCCESS BY ALL REGARD. AND HULK FEEL “MARIE ANTOINETTE” MISUNDERSTOOD AMBITIOUS FILM THAT WORK AS META COMMENTARY ON ROYALTY AND THEN TRANSLATE THAT FEELING TO MODERNITY. HULK APPRECIATE THESE FILM VERY MUCH.

FEMINISM

AND NOW, “SOMEWHERE” FEEL LIKE BOTH STEP FORWARD, AND IN SOME WAY A STEP BACK FOR SOFIA. HULK STILL TRYING SORT THAT PART OUT AND EXPLAIN IN MINUTE. BUT FIRST. WHY IT STEP FORWARD:

“SOMEWHERE” PUSH SOFIA EVEN FURTHER IN DIRECTION OF NATURALISM. THERE LONG SEQUENCES OF MERE CHARACTER OBSERVATION. IT ALSO MANAGE BE COMPLETELY DEVOID OF DRAMA, WHICH GIVE SLIGHT HINT OF AVANTE GARDE. OR CINEREALISM. OR OTHER THING THAT NOT DESCRIBE IT CORRECTLY.  “SOMEWHERE” MERELY AIM TO CAPTURE REAL MOMENTS IN LIFE OF AGING BAD BOY MOVIE STAR. THE VACUUM OF FAME. THE LACK OF CONNECTION. AND COUNTER THAT WITH ODD THRILLS OF MUNDANE LIFE.

SOFIA MANAGE PUSH THE SILENCES EVEN LONGER HERE . SHE FIND THE MONOTONY IN UNEXPECTED PLACES ( NOBODY BETTER THAN SOFIAAT CAPTURING SAD AWKWARDNESS OF A STRIPPER ROUTINE). BUT WHAT ELEVATE THESE CHOICES HOW SHE THEN ABLE TO JUXTAPOSE THOSE MOMENTS WITH MOMENTS OF SILENCE WHERE CHARACTERS AT PEACE. IT NICE DICHOTOMY.

STEPHEN DORFF PERFECTLY SERVICEABLE. THIS MAY SOUND LIKE SLIGHT BUT IT NOT. SILENCE MOSTLY REQUIRED OF HIM BUT HE NOT EXACTLY TRANSCEND IN WAY DAY-LEWIS ACT WITH SILENCE, BUT HE CONVEY ADEQUATE EMPTINESS. MUCH BETTER ARE SCENES WITH DAUGHTER. THEY FEEL HONEST AND TRUE. DORFF DO GOOD JOB BALANCING BETWEEN SEEMING RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH AND YET BEING INHERENTLY LIMITED AS ABSENTEE YOUNG PARENT.

THIS FILM WAS NOT ABOUT PARENTHOOD

HULK LIKE ELLE FANNING TOO. SHE AND SOFIA MAKE GREAT CHOICE HAVE HER ACT LIKE ACTUAL KID. SO OFTEN MOVIE TODAY HAVE KIDS ACT LIKE MINI-ADULTS. THIS ALMOST ALWAYS STRIKE HULK WRONG.* MEANWHILE, ELLE ACT LIKE REAL 11 YEAR OLD. NO, HULK NOT MEAN INSUFFERABLE. HULK MEAN ONE ONE WHO GUARDED, BUT WHIMSICAL. ONE WITH HER OWN INTERESTS, BEHAVIOR, AND EMOTIONS. IT COMPLETELY REFRESHING.

AND THEN JACKASS-ENSEMBLE-MEMBER CHRIS PONTIUS STRANGELY FANTASTIC. ONE GET SENSE HE JUST SORT OF TALKING ABOUT WHATEVER (HULK NOT SURE IF IMPROVISED?) BUT SORT OF CAPTURES EXACTLY WHAT HE NEED TO. HE BALANCE BETWEEN OLD FRIEND, HANGER-ON, DOPE, AND PRETTY DECENT GUY. HIS CHARACTER MAY SEEM TANGENTIAL AND DECORATIVE, BUT HULK ARGUE HIS PRESENCE CRITICAL. AND HE PERFECT FOR IT.

ACTOR

LASTLY, THE FOURTH MAJOR CHARACTER CHATEAU MARMONT ITSELF. OFTEN WE SAY FILM USE SCENERY AS CHARACTER AND SOMETIMES IT TRUE. HERE IT DEFINITELY TRUE. IT CAPTURE NOT JUST SETTING, BUT A MOOD AND LIFESTYLE. IT PERFECT.

THESPIAN

SO WHY “SOMEWHERE” ALSO A STEP BACK? THERE WAY IN WHICH “SOMEWHERE” JUST FEEL TOO EASY. ALL THE OBSERVATION NOT OBVIOUS EXACTLY, BUT IT MOVIE COMPLETELY WITHIN SOFIA’S WHEELHOUSE. HULK FEEL LIKE SOFIA TRANSCEND THE PERIOD PIECE WITH “MARIE ANTOINETTE” AND NOW SHE JUST GO BACK TO SOMETHING THAT YOU FEEL LIKE WAS NOT STRUGGLE TO EXECUTE WHATSOEVER.

BUT AS MUCH AS HULK WANT SOMETHING MORE, “SOMEWHERE” CAN NO BE DENIED. IT CAN’T HELP BUT FEEL HONEST.

HOW HULK DENY THAT?

ENDNOTE:

*HULK’S FAVORITE EXAMPLE OF CHILDREN ACTING LIKE ADULTS: THE OLD VERSION VS. REMAKE OF “THE OMEN.” IN ORIGINAL, THE MYSTERY OF WHETHER KID ACTUALLY DEVIL SUSTAINED CAUSE KID JUST ACT LIKE YOUNG KID. IN REMAKE, TO BE “SCARIER” THEY CAST CREEPY WIDE-EYED KID WHO OBVIOUSLY EVIL FROM START. BY REMOVE UNKNOWN ELEMENT, THEY UNWITTINGLY FUCK THEMSELVES AND MOVIE.