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Julia review

An average movie

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but, since it was directed by Erick Zonca and starring Tilda Swinton, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it turned out to be one of the weirdest and wildest kidnappings I have ever seen, that’s for sure. To be honest, nothing everything did work in this movie but the damned thing was so unpredictable, at some point, I kept wondering what the hell would happen next which was definitely the strongest aspect of this movie. Of course, you also get around 150 mins of a non-stop one-woman-show from Tilda Swinton which was obviously pretty awesome as well. Concerning Erick Zonca, I wish I would rewatch ‘La vie rêvée des anges’ which had been a huge critical success when it was released in France. Anyway, almost 10 years later, he made his come-back with this movie which was something so completely different, so ambitious, in fact, I’m afraid it might have been too ambitious though. First of all, even though the Mexico scenes felt convincing enough, it was however never the case with the scenes taking place in the US. Seriously, I think it took me about 30 mins before I understood that the action was taking place in the USA and not in some other English speaking country. Furthermore, the appeal of this movie was the fact that the story was totally bonkers but, to be honest, some chunks barely made sense whatsoever. The biggest issue I had was that, while Elena was definitely an intriguing character, she was obviously mentally deranged but the fact that most of what she said turned out be true was rather ludicrous. The fact that Julia, even if she was a massive alcoholic, would believe anything she said was narratively really shaky as well. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch though and I think it is worth a look, especially if you want to see something really different. 

Added by johanlefourbe
1 week ago on 14 May 2024 09:12