Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Pink Floyd The Wall (1982, Alan Parker)

"A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone."

Wow. I don't even know where to start with this one. The plot summary doesn't do the film's story justice. There is much more to this film than "A man goes crazy" Well, that is the basic plot but there are layers upon layers going on in this odd film. There is little to no dialouge and everything is told through images and surreal animation sequences set to Pink Floyd's music. The film is truly a visual masterpiece. Every single shot is well thought out and goes perfectly with the music. The animation sequences are also something else and have to be seen to be believed.

So, did I love the film? Not at all. Did I like the film? Kind of. The problem with this film is that there is so much going on and everything moves at such a manic pace that it is hard for the viewer to be sucked into it. Instead, the film alienates it's viewer and you are instead left outside of the loop and just scratching your head at what you are seeing.

Even if the film doesn't make much sense it's worth watching just for the brilliant cinematography and all the animation sequences. Plus, it really is one of those films that you have to see to believe.

- **1/2

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