✨PinkMcflurry (Danya)✨’s review published on Letterboxd:
THIS. IS. CINEMA. 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
Okay going into this I thought oh this is going to be one of those cute films where you didn’t think two people would fall for one another and then of course the cliché it happens anyway. I WAS SO WRONG!!! This took a twist for the bliss.
This was like constantly missing your turn on an afternoon drive and your partner is yelling at you with annoyance because you were so sure you knew the route. You think you know exactly where you’re going and each time you realize you had no idea where the hell you were in the first place, you just didn’t want to admit it. Each time I thought I knew what was going on, this threw me for a loop having my mind rattled. I will say eventually I did catch on to what was going to happen, but even in its entirety I was still shook by many aspects of this film and the demise of certain characters. The way certain scenes all came together as we were given bits and pieces had me like 😯😯 Some of these characters had more arcs in 2 hours than a full blown episodic tv series.
The way each of these characters were crafted were masterful. Lady Hideko in particular. I found her by Part 2 to be the most intriguing. She came across as coy, naive and dense in the beginning, but she was in fact the complete opposite and because they made us have that pre judgement of her, seeing her turn was a revelation. Lady emulates and regurgitates to manipulate whomever her prey is at the time. We see this in the way she asks Sook-Hee about her looks in the same manner as her aunt did to gain sympathy and admiration. And again when she uses the phrase we later see she got from the Count “it’s like pulling your hand away from a flame.”
After reading a few of your reviews leading up to me watching this I did decide to watch it alone because those sex scenes were.....whew😅...intense to say the least. So anyone who plans to watch this. Please don’t watch with your parents I beg 😂😂.
I really want to watch Oldboy now by Chan-wook-Park. His direction is Handmaiden was a delight. Having this split up in 3 parts was genius. Getting each part of a whole for one magical piece of work. I really want to see more Korean films. They just have a certain aesthetic and appeal about them that I admire.