If you don't get it, you aren't watching close enough.
Excellent piece dealing with deeper layers of reality. Funny too.
Not everything needs to be watered down for every audience. The Retriever is completely off on this one.
I haven't actually read the comic this is based on (I can only read so many before the budget runs out), but the film has a lot to digest. It has equal parts inspiration from modern Japanese fantasy films, Bollywood, Chinese supernatural Kung Fu movies from the 70s/80s, indie rock, video games, and the films of John Hughes (tell me the seventh evil ex doesn't look like Judd Nelson on purpose). Overall it's the best film I've seen this summer since Kick-#!@%*#, but with it drawing from so many references there's bound to be a few people in the audience who don't get some of the in-jokes. Thankfully the rest of the humor is broad based enough to appeal to them.
But if you're tired of the same old crap over and over give it a shot. It has it's weaknesses but it's fun, it's light hearted, and there's nothing else out right now half as creative or original, and for that alone it deserves you giving it a chance.
Dont waste your time. I sure did. You will laugh at me for this but I tried to watch it THREE times and failed every time.I couldnt make myself do it. It is my top most hated film and I think someone should warn you before you make a mistake.
KHL has it right - on two counts. This movie is flat, as was Coppola's vastly overrated "Lost in Translation." Nothing happens in terms of character development, brooding cinematography - achingly predictable in both films - substitutes for either narration or impression. One begins to think that Sophia is, indeed, Marie A. Lost in a world she can't fathom or translate, and doomed to play at being cinematic.
Love Sofia Coppola, Hated This Movie
Reviewed by KHL for Marie Antoinette at 2008-04-15 15:19:37
Yes, the costumes look fabulous, the locations are sumptuous, the music is suitable and the acting good, but none of this makes up for the agonizingly slow pace. I wanted to shut it down halfway through. I persisted, but not without wanting to scream in frustration that I wasted over two hours watching this boring epic. I don't know what it was, but I just could not get into it. I don't mind movies with a slow pace (ex. Assassination of Jesse James or anything by Malick, and even Virgin Suicides, Coppola's first flick), but I wouldn't sit through this again if someone paid me.