This is not so much the story of an evil genius or an arch nemesis or a psychopathic killer. It's a social commentary, completely apt for today's world, about a sad and disenfranchized man, who despite all efforts and optimism and desire for a normal life, and to be a good person and be recognized for that, it just doesn't happen for him. He is not the everyman, but he is not an uncommon man either. There are many men today who suffer from some of these same disadvantages. This movie is not a cautionary tale. There is likely little this character could have done to reverse his fortune or fate. It is almost like looking at a documentary, a 'what if', if at every turn the road diverged, he was struck unlucky. What leads to his ultimate downfall was not one thing, but many. A series of unfortunate events, perhaps. This film is impressive in its concept and execution. It is a movie mostly for men, about men, and what struggles they face. But I believe everyone over a certain age should watch it. You could screen this movie in a university class and have potentially hours of discussion about many social and economic issues facing people today.
True superhero genre enthusiasts may be impressed, but somewhat disappointed. This movie is here to make you think. It doesn't want you to rest easy. Dark, brooding, cynical only scratch the surface of what it is. Much of our entertainment today centres around the idea of anti-heroes. They are extremely popular now, particularly with males. It's not hard to decipher why. This film is sad, but important. It could have come in any recent decade (imagine it as the sub for De Niro's/Scorcese's 'Taxi Driver'), but it feels so exquisitely made for this time, it seems to slide in as if on a knife's edge. And a knife, not some other weapon, seems the only one appropriate. This movie cuts you. I don't think anyone who watches it could not be moved by it, or feel immense empathy for the plight of this man. It reminds you how many other men out there are walking on a knife's edge, and like the totem in 'Inception', you just wonder if and when it will stop spinning. This is not one man's problem, it's society's problem. And we need to make some changes. Major changes.(P. S. I'm sorry this is so long.)
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I get the feeling the movie resonates with a lot of guys on here...
Right? That honestly would not surprise me one bit.
I mean it was not good til the end