‘Cosmopolis’ Movie Review – Hate Like You’ve Never Seen Before
Readers beware: reviewing David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis is going to be confusing, cryptic, and somewhat annoying. Interestingly enough, that is exactly how the film plays out. And, although it is usually a movie’s mission to make you hate certain things, it’s very unique to see a movie driven almost completely by the hatred. If hate is your thing, maybe Cosmopolis is for you, but I’m going to hold back on my feelings for now.
Taking place in one day, Cosmopolis follows one of the most detestable characters, named Eric Parker (Robert Pattinson), as he ventures out for a haircut. Set in the unknown future (to my knowledge), we slowly see the extent of his monetary success. Equipped with a state-of-the-art limousine (which turns out to be engineered for daily doctor check-ups), Parker watches the world decay around him while he smugly pats himself on the back.
Parker is powerful because he’s insanely (and I mean insanely) rich. But, his demeanor is the exact opposite of rich because he is blatantly emotionless, from voice to action – nothing he says or does shows any care for anybody other than himself. Not only is he extremely self-centered, but he’s arrogent. Oh, and he cares a lot about sex but, of course, not for the emotional parts.
I really can’t think of a character I’ve cared so little for…and in a much different way than I am used to. Usually, I hate a character but love watching him or her. Parker may be the only exception.
And perhaps this is why Pattinson seems so good for the part. Because of his Twilight roles, he does receive a lot of flak, but at least as Eric Parker, Pattinson can be a pompous, monotone prick in a way that doesn’t distract. I’m not saying I hate the guy (this is actually the first movie I’ve seen him in), but I’m saying it’s a good movie for people who do.
With interesting and relevant themes – mainly everything pertaining to capitalism – Cosmopolis has a very good shell. It’s also darkly sarcastic in a way I’ve never really seen before.
The internal narrative is extremely pretentious and emotionless, though. It’s a film that won’t tell you what’s going on (this is NOT a problem), but seems to mock you for not quite grasping it. It’s also a film with a whole lot of talking (again, this is NOT a problem) and hardly any action.
Cosmopolis will not get the same reaction from every person. While I think that statement is an extreme compliment…it’s time to reveal my feelings. As you can probably tell I found Cosmopolis to be a detestable movie. Unlike some films that seem mindless, Cosmopolis almost seems too mindful. It’s a movie that multiple viewings may prove highly rewarding…but I still can’t bring myself to see it again, at least in the near future.
Readers beware: Maybe your viewing will be the exact opposite.
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