Released 09/15/2017 Rated: R
I remember seeing the teaser which was well done. It got me intrigued and didn’t tell me a damn thing about the film; the majority of it was Jennifer Lawrence walking through an empty house. Unfortunately for some reason or other we were unable to see it in theaters, and the fact that it wasn’t out for very long didn’t help. This movie did not make its budget back, and most people didn’t like it.
O…M…G… This movie. [sigh.] I’m not going to say that you need to know the premise, but you do need to know how to interpret it. At face value this is not a likable story. My husband and I went into viewing this film blind; at some point we figured it out, and from that point forward the whole thing made so much more sense. I noticed things and he noticed other things, and it just really helped to be able to talk through the movie.
So at face value this film is about a couple who have an uninvited guest arrive at their door one night. More specifically we’re with this woman as her home gets invaded and then bombarded by strangers, and there’s nothing she can do about it. For the majority of this movie we watch as she quickly loses control of her house. And she’s just automatically expected to take care of everyone and clean up their mess afterwards. Even her own husband barely remembers she’s there half the time.
No one has a name. The closest we get is Javier Bardem’s character: Him, which is also the only one capitalized in the list of credits. And if that isn’t enough of a clue on how to interpret this film you’re better off getting far away from this title. Javier Bardem is God, and Jennifer Lawrence is Mother Nature. Oh, and the house is the planet.
This movie is about our planet dying. It’s about Lucifer falling from heaven. It’s about the history of mankind. It’s about God’s multitude of attempts at creating the world. It’s about humans destroying the environment. It’s about the bible. It’s about a bunch of inconsiderate assholes being disrespectful to this poor woman who just wants to be left alone with her husband. It’s about creating art and getting blindsided by fame. There are so many different ways to look at this.
This is an interesting one, and it’s definitely not for everyone. It starts off easy enough to follow, but then just turns into insanity. Hence the exclamation point in the title; that literally represents the last half hour or so of the film. There are a couple of cringe-inducing, violent scenes, but there’s one in particular that I just can’t take. I understand and can appreciate the metaphor, but I cannot watch the scene; it upsets me too much. You’ve been forewarned.