Thursday, September 13, 2012
A ROTTEN TOMATO: Werckmeister Harmonies
So yeah, I watched "Werckmeister Harmonies". I truly hoped to give this a positive grade but it really didn't click with me. I'm giving this the "rotten tomato" label, but there are some very good things about the film. Mainly, the film certainly contains some arresting visuals. The cinematography genuinely looks like its straight out of the golden age of black and white cinema. It's got a really nice texture to it. The camera fixes such an intense gaze on the actors, it can be truly mesmerizing at times. In addition, the opening moments are beautiful and poetic, but after that the film becomes increasingly distant and disengaging. It wasn't necessarily a complete slog, but the plot was just so uninteresting to me. I almost wished someone would break the third wall and briefly explain to me what was going on.
One last thing. I like a good long take as much as the next guy, but for the love of god, don't overdo it!