Review The Whispering staRRRRRRR

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  1. plsletitrain

    plsletitrain Member: Rank 5

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    This is a timely thread on account of @JepGambardella not liking Sion Sono’s Tokyo Vampire Hotel. This is to remind us why we all love Sion Sono (or will it??).

    Anyway, the reason why I specially devoted a thread for this is because aside from it being an outstanding film (at least to me), I think this movie is divisive. No I don’t want to start breaking our heads whether it was a dream or if dad’s in love, but I think this movie will make you ponder on whether to file this under “genius” or………….the opposite of genius.

    I initially thought I’d classify this as one of Sono’s weak ones but what do I know, this movie has POISON! Because me, who loves a Trolls-colored film with mind-boggling, culture-bending themes did not bail on a black and white film with less dialogue, with bits of deafening silence and with a simple sequence of events for a plot. I honestly didn’t quite get the point of the story. Well, its not complicated. Its just about a human android (played by Sono’s wife) tasked to deliver packages to humans who have left Earth and emigrated to other planets. Basically that’s it, an hour plus of watching a robot courier on space. This is NOT me. Because for me to label the film as cute and lovely is NOT me. But I guess I was hypnotized/possessed by another spirit while watching this because I was absorbed by the film the entire time (well except for the first 20 minutes)! Or maybe Sion Sono is a sorcerer because I was not me while watching this. Normal me would be zzzzleeping already after the first few minutes but I actually held up doing some other stuff because I found the movie cute and I had to watch it. I mean, a floating house on space man!!!! sad2.gif yipee.gif

    Okay so I have to admit the first 15 minutes were really hell I thought I’d put it off but I’m (sometimes) patient (especially since it is Sion Sono) but my patience was taken to a higher level because *drumroll* ……………………… I finished this till the end. Unbelievable.

    What I love about the movie is since its black and white and not much goes on, you’ll pay attention to the sounds and I think Sion Sono made sure that our eyes may be wandering elsewhere but our ears were with him! I’m sure I was because I was listening to the movie the entire time. I like the sound of the void and while the silence here can sometimes be defeaning, the visuals will make up for it. And vice versa.

    What made this movie more cute is: the spoken dialogue is WHISPERED. sad2.gif Really, I think I’m really being possessed.

    The movie has so many remarkable scenes that I thought I’d lay them down:

    1) There’s one breathtaking scene--the only colored scene in a gorgeous black and white film where a perfectly square window to look like a TV showing a green scenery with the big waves crashing

    2) On a long hallway she walks with a tin can stuck on her shoe (and that sound is played for I think 10 minutes in the film and its not annoying at all—in fact, it’s really haunting, like hypnosis, because I like the sound).

    3) The ending scene is very cool—silhouettes of people doing whatever in the last planet inhabited only by humans with only background instrumental music. It looked like a choreographed dance number that WILL beat all the bollywood dance numbers. But there’s no music number. Just random silhouettes of people doing random things.


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  2. clayton-12

    clayton-12 Member: Rank 3

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    I'll have to find my review of this. I saw it in the theatre a few years ago, but out of all the undeniably hauntingly beautiful imagery, the thing that sticks out in my mind the most is how I managed to stay awake.
     
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    plsletitrain Member: Rank 5

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    The film is mind-boggling, after all. Haha!
     
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    Me:
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    Niels Matthijs:
     
  5. plsletitrain

    plsletitrain Member: Rank 5

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    His review was spot-on and very well-written but I wouldn't classify this as a top for the year.

    Hey I made it past the water dripping scene! And it was ME who loved it and not YOU. The world's coming to an end.
     
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    It was the Kyoshi Kurasawa style flying spaceship that sealed the deal, wasn't it?
     
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    plsletitrain Member: Rank 5

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    Here's what I posted back in July 2016:

    This ponderously meditative sci-fi will certainly divide viewers into ‘love’ and ‘hate' camps, with not many remaining in the middle ground There’s undeniable beauty and strength in the striking black and white images, plus some humour to be found in the quirkily retro set designs and the all-too-human frailties of the few AI characters that populate them, but all Sono’s trademark craziness is muted to a whisper (both figuratively, and quite literally - nobody speaks above 30 decibels). This takes the idea of slow cinema to extremes - it was only 100 minutes, but man did those 100 minutes seem to take forever.

    They were showing Paths of the Soul as part of the same festival, which I had seen a couple of days earlier, and which made a far, far greater impression on me. As you can no doubt tell from the trailer, next to the glacially-paced The Whispering Star, that was an action-packed thrill ride:

     
  9. plsletitrain

    plsletitrain Member: Rank 5

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    Yes definitely! I mean, these two movies could make good for a #mayforever meme. (I think you know what I mean but in case. Its a funny expression--translated there's a forever-- we usually use when something is so dragging, takes forever type and we contrast it with how relationships end and marriages fail and you just lose faith there's a forever and you get to see these films, or you get stuck on EDSA (Manila) traffic and you realize, yes, there's a forever.) lol

    Seriously, I kind of like that docu feels on the trailer. It would be interesting to watch it (and find out how long can I endure).
     
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    Actually, the trailer doesn't really capture any of the very humanist drama and subtle humour of the journey ... it wasn't an endurance to watch. I wouldn't be at all surprised if you liked this - replace the retro house meandering through the vastness of space with a tractor chugging through the vastness of the Himalayas, and you're halfway there.
     

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