|Genre:||Youth Angst in Suburban Hell|
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|01.13.06||Internet|| When it came out I always got this confused with Chumbscrubber so I missed both of them in the theater. Of course as soon as this left theaters Elvis Mitchell talked to Mike Mills on The Treatment and I got really interested to see it (same happened with Chumscrubber). I'm a fan of Mills' documentary on the french band AIR as well as some (but not all) of his video work and some (but not all) of his design work as well (for the record this is not the guitarist for REM). He actually did a short film that's like a more surreal egg or seed of this movie involving a kid that enters this cookie cutter mold of suburbia and walks into random houses to observe weird stuff going on. With this one though, there's more of a narrative and a lot of the hyper- or surreal imagery is toned down to more believable levels.|
It was good but I had a problem in that the main kid bugged me. All the kids bugged me in fact, and I found myself much more interested in every adult character rather than the main kids. So like the whole movie I was looking at the other half of each scene and constantly wanting to go the other way... but oh well. Like I said, I don't think it was bad... slightly elevated from reality with dialogue (especially from the father) that I found unaturalistic to be sure but interesting because of it. I think I'm actually feeling about the same level with this as One Hour Photo... I still like the director but am hoping his next project will connect with me more.