Knock Knock

Knock Knock ★★★★½

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layered and knotty even by roth standards. this could be a very didactic film, but it has the confidence and knowledge of its genre to a hit strong note somewhere inbetween the intellectual and emotional. the deconstruction of victimhood is obviously superb, the way it just refuses to bulge even tho most other movies would be far more on evan's side, the way it plays with expected sympathy towards him especially once it makes clear that his best/only excuse is "what was i SUPPOSED to do" ect ect, its honestly super illuminating as to how casually likable men are allowed to get away with Anything, in fiction or otherwise. this wouldnt feel as stark or even Mean as it does without that backdrop, even if it does live in a world of camp and exaggeration. i kept waiting for there to be a revelation that evan did something Really Bad that we havent been privy too, but honestly looking back on it i think that'd be too simple. this isnt a cheap prank on the audience for sympathizing with a Secret Monster, its an unveiling of patriarchy's effect on our consumption of fiction to the point where we dont consider selfish adultery a big enough deal to deserve any consequences.

but i also cant see it as just a straightforward condemnation of evan. honestly the movie feels kind of intimate and vulnerable? i wont psychoanalyze eli roth but i think theres an introspective fear of toxic masculinity here, an awareness of how easy it is for the power afforded to men to make their best intentions break down, and a general deep dissatisfaction and uneasiness with privilege. honestly in its most humbling moments the pervasive feeling is far more honest then "look at this slimey man who is entirely separate from me." brutal honesty is roths policy ig. what a remarkable film

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