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Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon’s exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon’s horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 117
- Fresh: 96
- Rotten: 21
- Average Rating: 6.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The kind of movie that may have been more satisfying to make than it is to watch.
Fresh: A darkly ironic and skillfully surreal examination of an unrealized life.
Fresh: As a pure head-trip visual and auditory experience it feels like one of the biggest discoveries, and biggest surprises, of 2014.
Fresh: This workplace-as-hellscape is not new territory, exactly - the story's based on Dostoevsky, plays like Kafka, and looks like an Orwellian nightmare. But who'd complain, since it lets Jesse Eisenberg offer what amounts to an acting master-class.
After watching the movie and reading a couple of reviews I've come to the conclusion that the reason some people rated it negatively wasn't because the movie was bad, but simply because they didn't know what kind of movie they were getting themselves into.
If you're looking for a moronic comedy then look no further than Adam Sandler, but if you're interested in a uniquely presented film with an artistic vision of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel of the same name, look no further.
Ayoade took Dostoyevsky's novel, adapted the screenplay and directed his vision in a very artistic and visually pleasing way. And much in the same way that Dostoyevsky is a literary genius, Aoyade is a genius at transcending his vision unto the screen.
The movie is visually stunning, driven by its interesting characters and a great story told through a minimalistic medium without coming off as pretentious. The whole thing is enhanced through Eisenberg's performance, which is just as flawless as his roles on The Social Network and Adventureland.
This is no Hollywood film; it doesn't try to dumb itself down for its audience. It's presented as it is, almost as if the characters were being filmed by an invisible camera as they had normal conversations, making the comedy aspect hard to distinguish, which could make some viewers confuse its witty jokes with sheer misfortune.
With this in mind it is easy to admire Ayoade's work for the masterpiece what it is, aesthetic perfection.
Obviously it’s early yet in the movie-watching season, but so far, this sweeps away all competition up to this point. Fantastically shot. More reminiscent of Orson Welles’ Trial than Brazil, I think. It’s not really a comedy, and it’s not nearly as light-hearted as Gilliam’s masterpiece. It’s dark, bleak, and almost creepy in a way. The best way to explain it is to have you watch it. Definitely 5 stars. And I’ll probably end up buying this one.
My Money Is Gone
I watched 30 minutes of this eye and ear pollution and turned it off. "Beautifully shot" if you're into that sewer, flickering dark lights, gloomy weird thing. Plot… didn't make it to one. "Funny" in that HA HA you just punched me in the gut and took my money funny… HA. If you must spend the money, go into the bathroom, turn off the light, turn on your flashlight, drop your money into the toilet (shake your flashlight a little) and flush. Money spent, less time wasted. This review is my gift to you potential suckers and my middle finger to the people who made this "movie".
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2014
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