Better Things - Duane Hopkins (2008)
- Better Things review by NA
Better Things follows the lives of a group of teenagers in a depressed seaside town as they struggle through life after a close friend dies.
I loved how the actors here all fitted the setting. They aren't the pretty hollywood types, they're real people. But that is also the problem with its performances. They are at times believable, but at others odd and lifeless. Put that alongside the greys, and blues and generally cold atmosphere and you get a very cold film which even in its most intimate moments still feels distant, passive and fabricated.
After a while, it becomes clear that this is all intentional, but the reasons why never emerge from the sea of passive grim...it's just another sub-Haneke film doling out an emotional glaciation that it doesn't care to examine or comment on.
Grim, grim, grim and unhelpful. Hopkins seemed to please the critics with his debut and tout it as the future of social realism but I much preferred his follow up; which did actually go deeper and give us something new and insightful in those terms.
#betterthings #duanehopkins #socialrealism #grittybritishfilm #flyonthewallfilms #sliceoflifefilms #michealhaneke #emotionalglaciation #thedonttellshow #reviewsonrealism
0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.