Tarantino figured out he could temper the sweeping, playful, but uneven, revisionism of “Inglourious Basterds” with the maturity and restraint of “Jackie Brown” without losing its intimacy or compromising scope. This results in a film superior to “Inglourious Basterds”, but a few Roberts short of “Jackie Brown”.
I just love Dahl’s story so much, I had to watch, on the off chance they somehow managed to breathe new life into this already spectacular and near perfect tale. Much to my dismay, it is no surprise Zemeckis, del Toro and co. have surgically removed the soul of every aspect that made Dahl’s original magic. It’s as if each alteration is planned with the intention to make the movie less effective. Characters blatantly explain their plans and motivations moments…
When “Shivers” released in 1975, Cronenberg had two feature-length films under his belt, and it certainly shows. This film showcases the birth of a true genius, a filmmaker whose themes will be so powerful, they will transcend cinema. Cronenberg masterfully juggles biting social satire, existential sexual exploration and shocking violent horrors, which makes for an incredibly entertaining experience. To put it into perspective, J.G. Ballard’s novel “High-Rise” released the same year as “Shivers”. Our man David was on the ball.