So ahead of its time. A wonderful baffling dazzling mess of a movie. Lee takes a story that might have been easily generic and pandering, and imbues it with his own flare for humane psychological drama, and also a solid dash of inspiration from Jekyll and Hyde, Godzilla, Frankenstein, Shakespeare, Freud, and Greek tragedies. It's big, bold, dull in parts, sure, but it's got something to say. It's self-serious, but it is so for a reason. And it works wonders, like 75% of the time.
I'll take 10, even 100s of these over whatever new grey, dull CBM they have cooking up nowadays lol.
"Everything's the same when you look close enough."
I have a very deep-rooted fear inside my heart.
It's not new, not recent, over the past year or so it's grown inside my brain like a virus, like how a specific thought is like a virus, constantly staying there, feeding off of my conscience and my insecurities like a hungry unseen invisible monster, yk like the big black mask thing in Spirited Away? Great movie.
And without spoiling anything, i'm thinking…
A pretty great film that's a bit ruined for me now after reading up on how poorly Dustin Hoffman treated Meryl Streep on set.
"Dustin Hoffman treated Meryl Streep horribly on set. Aside from hitting her and the infamous wine glass scene, he reportedly whispered John Cazale's name to her in order to get a reaction from her. Cazale, Streep's lover, had died in 1978 of cancer and Streep was still recovering at the time of filming."
Yeah, fuck "method" actors. How much is great art worth if it has to come out of you treating everyone around you like a total asshole?