Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Can we discuss "Funny Games"? OH MY GOD!
A couple days ago, I watched "Funny Games" starring Naomi Watts, Michael Pitt and Tim Roth. I wasn't really sure what to expect going into it, I've just heard about it on imdb and sites like that. I've also heard that it's one of those movies you either love or hate, which I can say now that I've seen it, is definitely the case.
I can't seem to get the images out of my mind. It's not that I was scared by the film, it's like I was completely blown away.
Here's a synopsis, if you will. The movie is about a fairly wealthy family who are staying at their vacation home for "a week or two," as Naomi says in the film. When they arrive, they're visited by two young men dressed in golf attire asking for the family's neighbor if she could borrow some eggs for whatever she's cooking. After asking for the eggs, they never leave and after asking them to couple of times, Ann and George, Naomi Watts and Tim Roth's characters, realize these men are up to no good. The men then begin terrorizing the family and playing games with them. If the family do not agree to these games, the men threaten to kill them.
Here's also the Wikipedia page for the film: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funny_Games_(2008_film)
Anyway, I know it just sounds like some random horror movie you've watched before but it's the way it's shot and the characters in the film. Michael Pitt, who plays one of the young men, it chilling and gives you the feeling that there are definitely some screws loose in his head. He breaks the fourth wall many times, talking to the audience, which I think is the most terrifying part about the movie. The way he smirks at the audience and his obvious power trip he has over this family is something I've never seen in a character.
You should really just watch it! I know you'll either love it or hate it but there's that 50% chance that you'll love it like I did!