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괴물 – Gwoemul [The Host] (2006)

A grotesque and crude mix of comedy and tragedy where a dysfunctional family of losers on various levels of life has to come to terms with each other and themselves. An impressively original monster is unusually visible throughout, mostly in vivid detail and full daylight. Cultural details tend to confound, koreans are mostly shown as sloppy, vulgar, incompetent and/or corrupt while americans come across as self-righteous bullies, sometimes tinged with edgy creepiness. Inferiority complex, satire or both?

High-tempoed and constantly intriguing even if I have severe problems with the mannered acting of many of the characters. And in the end, the basic storyline of evil science running amok gets somewhat too standardized for my book.

Gwoemul
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2 Responses to 588

  1. Gotta disagree with you on this one. A real surprise ending, a fantastic critter, only mild gore, and some true heartfelt moments make this a winner for me. Top picture above is from my favorite scene in the film.

  2. nicolas krizan says:

    The eating scene is indeed very beautiful, and the »critter« definitely quite unique. The ending was unexpected given the premises of the movie, but you could somehow feel it coming as things progressed.But the main problem for me was the strange acting style, swaying as it did from grotesqueries to overdone horror. The mourning scene is a good example, something that should be gripping turns into some kind of bizarre farce, which lessens the emotional impact.But perhaps I have been too hard, I think I’ll change my verdict from »no« to »maybe«.

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