Possessor

Possessor ★★★½

Either I'm once again a victim of elevated expectations due to hype (a common problem for me) or this is actually kinda disappointing. I really enjoyed Antiviral because I engaged with both the ideas and the characters. Here the ideas are less interesting and the characters are inscrutable. Cronenberg (both father and son) get accused of making cold, emotionally removed films, but this is the first time I've found that to be the case. It might not always be on the surface, but the telling of these bizarre characters' stories with an unflinching eye is doing them a great kindness. I'm not sure what kindness is being done here. Maybe it will reveal itself on another viewing, but there's not a ton motivating me to do so. It falls into that weird middle ground where I can't say anything bad about it, it's just not the film I wanted it to be.

Cf. Advantageous