I HEART HUCKABEES Wednesday 19 October, 2011

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Existential detective agency? Philosophy wars? Jude Law putting his innate punchability to good use? In a hollywood movie? Read on Macduff.

The first time I watched this film I was pretty nonplussed by it. I sat all the way through the film thinking it was a pretty pointless exercise in pointlessness. The film finished. The credits started to roll. Then for some unknown reason I began to sob. I sobbed for two hours straight. All the while wondering why I was sobbing. It was a very strange experience.

This is a film about exploring the world and exploring your psyche and then exploring how the two meet. It’s pretty deep. So you’ll also be surprised to read that on it’s surface it looks like some self indulgent whimsy.

Jason Schwartzman’s character, Albert Markovski, is lost. He’s trying to save some local marshland but he wonders about a strange coincedence in his life. This leads him to Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin’s detective agency. It all un-wravels from there.  Mark “y mark” Wahlberg is typically excellent as the post-traumatic fire fighter Tommy Corn.

The real star of the show has to be Jude Law. I normally can’t stand to watch him. He usually makes my skin crawl and unsurprisingly, he does here too. The difference is that in this film he is meant to make my skin crawl. He is so naturally suited to a role like that and he excels here as the repulsive Brad Stand.

Given my first reaction to the film I was (understandably, I think) a little hesitant about watching it again, lest I suffer the same fate as before. I think I waited two years (and many hours on the couch) before I tried to watch it again. I’m glad I did. It’s now a firm favourite.

A lot of people throw the term ‘life changing’ around rather cheaply but this is film that really did change my life.  If I could write a tag line for this film i’d probably say something like:

I ♥ Huckabees: It makes you get your shit together.

 

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