graham 🎟️ burdick’s review published on Letterboxd:
That was an experience! Cronenberg’s so great at crafting dark and mysterious worlds that reflect our society, amazed I got to see him speak at the Q&A after the premiere tonight! (Along with Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, and more). He was so catty and mean to Viggo, lmao.
This film goes deep (literally and figuratively) in exploring the necessity of pain and how vital it is to shaping our humanity. It raises questions of how human our increasingly synthetic world really is, and it was just an all around gross and disturbing time that’s fun in a uniquely Cronenberg way. He said they went into production with the first draft of the script and I could totally believe that, there seemed to be a stronger emphasis on story and universe than characters, and I would have preferred to see a bit more of Kristen Stewart’s role in the film. But, I liked her interpretation of the movie, especially when she says that to her, “it was a metaphor about what it is to be an artist.” Highly recommend this film if you’re down with the style. It doesn’t disappoint.
“For better or worse, we evolve. That doesn’t always mean we’re better, just different.” -David Cronenberg
2022 Ranked 🥈: boxd.it/f0pP0