-Catalina Sandino Moreno
What It's Good For:
-Using sound to fuck with your psychological equilibrium
-Michael Cera being ABSOLUTELY CREEPY
-Michael Cera being hilarious in a way that isn't funny at all (it's the only horror film I've been at where people laughed so much. Maybe everyone was laughing because the director and the producers and all the actors from the movie were there? But I was laughing because Cera's "Brick" was genuinely funny to me.)
-Its use of dogs is impressive
-Juno Temple kills it
-Seeing another side of Mr. Cera
-If you're in a good mood, this will ruin it
-People who see it will want to discuss wtf happened
-Great use of landscape
-If you want to see Juno Temple naked, this is your chance
-Makes a joke about Michael Cera being a lesbian
-Could be too slow for some people
-If you have to have answers, this movie could drive you crazy
-It could seriously upset you (the woman behind me whispered, 2/3rds through, that she hated the movie even though she thought it was great)
-It might not get...violent enough for some horror fans
I feel like most films either want you to be happy or sad. This gets back to Shakespeare, right? Everything is either a Comedy or a Tragedy. It's always interesting to me when a movie attempts to push some other button. As much as I dislike Lincoln, I like that it's goal isn't just to make you happy but to admire Lincoln (though I will detract credit for the sheer fact that Lincoln continues to be one of the most revered presidents ever, so it's not like the movie really tried to change opinion or create a new opinion: rather it fanned the flames). Cosmopolis has a ton of scenes that take place in a limo. Why? To make the viewer feel some of the claustrophobia Eric Packer is suffering from. When Mike, in Swingers, keeps leaving voicemail after voicemail after voicemail for the girl he was trying to ask out: how embarrassing is that scene to watch?
Well, Magic Magic pushes all sorts of buttons. It opens by challenging your notion of Michael Cera (instead of silly and quiet he's loud and creepy as fuck). Then challenging your notion of how people shower. Then it goes on to make you feel isolated, embarrassed, abandoned, like a piece of meat, imprisoned, hated, confused, scared, needy, sad, grossed out. I don't know if I've ever had a movie...make me feel so...strange? So pulled apart?
As of writing this, there's no distribution announcement. But I think, given the talent, it should get picked up? How well will it do in box office? I don't know. I'll be telling everyone to go, though. Movie will, at the very least, obtain quite the cult following. Especially because of Michael Cera. His popularity and the fact he's so...different and fucking crazed in this movie should get people to say "Oh, you loved him in Arrested Development/Superbad/Juno/Scott Pilgrim? Well, you need to see Magic Magic."
Will You Get To See It:
I think so. I hope so. I want to talk about it.