|Posted by Jonathan Leithold-Patt on July 6, 2010 at 11:03 PM|
TROPICAL MALADY **1/2
IDEA: A mythology filled, hallucinatory two-part story that is at first an innocent romance, then a metaphorical trek through the jungle in pursuit of a wild beast.
BLURB: Tropical Malady is like an esoteric art installation you walk by once, stare at in bemused (perhaps admiring) puzzlement, and move on. The craft is there, and the visuals sometimes reach the kind of woozy disorientation the material asks for, but the problem is there isn’t much material there in the first place. It is a movie that feels both too abstract for its own good and too threadbare, an obtuse experiment in plodding mysticism that fails to hold under its nonexistent narrative. I don’t mind abstraction or interpretation, but when they’re presented with such little actual material backing it up, the results stretch thin. The symbolism may weigh enough to sink a boat, but the film as a whole feels oddly light.