Sunday, October 7, 2012

KLOWN (2010)

Directed By: Mikkel Norgaard Written BY: Mikkel Norgaard, Casper Christensen & Frank Hvam Story By: Frank Hvam & Casper Christensen Cinemantography By: Jacob Banke Olesen Editor: Morten Egholm & Martin Schade Cast: Frank Hvam, Casper Christensen, Mia Lyhne, Marcuz Jess Peterson, Iben Hjeile In order to prove his fatherhood potential to his pregnant girlfriend, Frank 'kidnaps' her 12-year-old nephew and tags along on his best friend Casper's debauched weekend canoe trip. I sought this film out. Since the film's red band trailer. I viewed online. Unfortunately when it played in Theaters for a week I was unable to see it. I choose to see the film KILLER JOE over it. I have been waiting for it in any form ever since. I was lucky when Netflix Streaming got it. Netflix Streaming is becoming my Savior when it comes to foreign, Independent and hard to find films. I’d like to give a shout out to not only my cinefiles cohorts who recommended the service but also my Friends Adam R. and Tiffany R. who advised me of its possibilities and finally convinced me to take the plunge and choose it. The film started slowly at first but when it found its stride. I couldn't stop laughing. I will admit it's humor is dark and a bit sick. It is always entertaining. not only get it's laughs from awkward situations and humor, but just from the general over the top attitude in a calm normal setting. Not visionary filmmaking but not a bad film in the least. Especially since all the elements come together to make a good film. The film pushes the limits it seems like simple set ups and then just build. Where you think you know what’s going to happen. Then even if you do predict it. It's still shocking. The film plays it's comedy based on the stupidity of the two characters and their lacking moral center. Though one character tries to be good and innocent. He isn't totally innocent, since his friend seems to pull him into wacky situations and schemes. He also gives bad advice. The other thinks he knows it all, but doesn't while being definitely cooler. The film is Boys trying to learn how to be men. Having their own Mid-life crisis but don't realize it. The film definitely pulls the envelope and is both shocking and hilarious. I don't know if it will be relevant in the history of film or if it will be remembered as a film and push past just the shock factor. GRADE: B+

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