Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
I have finally seen District 9! I really enjoyed it, though it was not at all what I expected (and I can’t quite articulate what, exactly, it was that I expected, only that the movie I saw was not it).
It was a bit over-the-top gooey in places, which didn’t quite work for me in combination with the realism and documentary-style filming. Sharlto Copley’s Wikus van de Merwe character was a fascinating sort of everyman point-of-view character for me, and managed to be forgivable and unforgivable simultaneously. I’m not sure how I feel about the ending being so open; it felt a little like being cheated out of a payoff, especially considering they chose not to say whether the dénouement falls within or after the three year promise made by Christopher.
The last third of the movie was also a little too action-heavy for my tastes, given the nature of the previous two-thirds and the story-telling. The way Wikus was treated once the mutation started, though… *chills*. He very quickly ceased to be acknowledged as human at all for the people at MNU, starting with the imagery of him being sealed inside the black body bag for transport and continuing through the experiments and when the MNU higher-ups are discussing the financial merits of dissecting him right over top of him while he’s pleading for his life. Not a very inspirational commentary, that’s for sure.