Not the worst thing you'll see all week: The Perfection

...writer/director Richard Shepard loves him some Brian De Palma.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.quartertothree.com/fp/2019/05/25/not-the-worst-thing-youll-see-all-week-the-perfection/

I mentioned it in the Netflix thread. But, yeah, go into this as spoiler-free as possible. Don’t even read the short description on the Netflix page.

I just finished this. It was okay, but man, the director really goes in hard with the De Palma aping. The split focus shots were out of hand.

But see, both sides of the screen are in focus! How is that possible??? He’s a wizard!

-Tom

Now I feel like I need to watch some more DePalma as I didn’t pick up on that at all.

I nearly had my wife convinced that we should watch this. I’m pretty glad that she ultimately vetoed it and I watched it alone. I would have been embarrassed to have suggested it. Its nastiness is in the service of nothing beyond a desire to be shocking and vile. I say this as a person who normally loves nasty, shocking pictures. I feel like the only way to properly pull off something this unpleasant, it either has to be a gorgeous and slick production or a grainy, grimy, I Spit On Your Grave level schlock-fest. It wasn’t either.

Or maybe it’s just that adding a child rape wrinkle into your Grand Piano riff requires a more deft hand than the one guiding this trash.

The far better take on this is The Handmaiden. Or pretty much any of Chan-wook Park’s early revenge movies.

-Tom

Or at least acting and dialog above George Lucas levels. Yeesh that was awful. Steve Weber’s performance in Single White Female and The Temp was freaking Hannibal Lecter by comparison.

Awful acting and dialog can be excused in schlock, but the movie never committed to that. It tried to have one foot in silly and another in Takashi Miike and failed miserably at both.

I will be thankful every day for the rest of my life that the scenes with Steven Weber full frontal were not split focus.