Friday, October 23, 2015
SpectreFest 2015: Aaaaaaaah! Review Ah-nnoying!
Could have done and Alvin and the Chipmunks joke right there.
Aaaaaaaah! was not what I was thinking what it would be. I thought it was going to be a complete breakdown of society in England as everyone got dumber to the point of thinking like Neanderthals. London would rot, men would start hunting for food as their poo and scrapes ruined their clothes, women would gather and just present themselves as prizes to the alpha males. I was ready for no conversations.
I wasn't ready for monkey people still living in society. Everyone is a monkey, for all purposes you could boil it down to an artsy movie where everyone acts like a monkey. It's a huge degree of monkey business and though maybe fun for television or a rental it did not need a screening. The small audience I was with did enjoy it with claps with no monkey shouts at the end.
To start off, I predicted things happening in the movie. A friends death; so even as insane as it was with people acting like monkeys and a penis getting wiped at the start of the film it still wasn't anything that new. It was mostly predictable. If you watched some movies or just the some nature docs, you knew where things were going, not all the time, but often.
For story beats we start off with two men just making it to town, we discover a family/tribe in disarray with a new alpha male in the lead and a female upset by this. A party happens at the tribe's place and one of the new males marks territory and the upset female starts to fall in love with him. Fights and a tribe breakdown ensue, is every film a love story.
For the unpredictable, there was the penis biting off and sex with mice. Didn't see those coming or those stabbings or the random break-in. Those weren't off-putting as they were just strange and with little purpose.
If you want to hear people shouting nonsense just go home for Thanksgiving. While the cast does a great work expressing themselves and having full conversations with oohs and aaahs and there's even some sort of language, they still can't keep you fully vested in the film. Cut down to a nice short or having a stronger concept of society's breakdown could have saved the film for me.
There's stranger things to see out there for Halloween.