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Northfork review
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some people love this movie.

to its credit it is visually distinct and beautiful. it has real moments of unusual humor. it also has a incredibly unique story.

so i should love it too right. but i don't. and here is why: this is another movie that uses confusion to create mystery. yet never relates any of the confusion to an answer or a story line for that matter.

theres an adopted boy who is dieing and is given back to a priest. theres a town, northfork, that the priest is in that is going to be flooded when a new damn is put into service. from there your guess is as good as mine. theres a group of men in black who are suppose to get the citizens to evacuate. they are down to their last holdouts. the holdouts are: a man with an ark and his 2 wives, a man nailed to his porch who may be jesus, a couple too busy having sex, and a group of eccentric weirdos who might be angels. there's the priest, the druggist, and a dinner woman who are still there as well, but apparently they aren't a problem?? the men in black offer wings to those who'll leave....are they reapers? all of these people may be in the mind of the boy who is dieing; presumably of cancer. he claims to be an angel to the maybe angels. if that is the case only the priest and the boy (and the parents who gave him back) might be real in the movie. i don't know.

i'm left with so many unanswered questions. its clear whoever made this wanted to leave the questions for viewers. perhaps they thought this would somehow make the movie seem profound. a kind've "you have to think about it a lot and theorize in order to make sense of it". except, i don't. instead of making me think, it just leaves me in want of a conclusion that makes sense. dropping metaphor after metaphor does not amount to story. spoiler: boy dies. all your questions are still questions. angels? maybe, they supposedly take him as one of theirs?. christ: probably not (since there is no story there). reapers: probably just workers who give notices and payments which are metaphorically "wings". noah: definitely not the only animals are dead...nice ark/house though. town: dead.

i honestly think the only people who'll like this are film majors and people who like to think movies are profound when they don't understand them.

some redeeming qualities, and a huge amount of potential, but not realized and not worth it.

Added by shawn tomorrow
5 years ago on 28 July 2012 07:08

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