Man, I haven’t really been a Nic Cage fan since the ‘90s. But when the trailer for MANDY was released… Well, one, NO IDEA what I just watched and two, I thought something I didn’t think I would think since the ‘90s, Nic Cage you have my attention.
But if you haven’t heard of MANDY, check out the trailer here.
So yea, going into the theatre, I had NO idea what to expect from MANDY… and after, yea, still not entirely sure what I watched. Haha. But after seeing it I have to say, I did dig it.
But if I had to describe MANDY in a short blurb, I’d probably say that is Stanley Kubrick and Heavy Metal made a live-action baby? You’d have MANDY.
And it’s interesting, I saw MANDY at my local Alamo Drafthouse for an Advanced Screening, and their host opened with asking the crowd if they saw the director’s, Panos Cosmatos, previous movie, BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW. And to hear the host talk, to add to my ambiguity of not knowing what to expect, I was getting the feeling that I was in for a movie that would play well with “fringe” movie fans. And that’s by no means a bad thing, but definitely helped me get ready for what I was about to see.
At MANDY’s heart, I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say, is a revenge movie.
We’re given a glimpse into the life of Red Miller (Nic Cage), and Mandy Bloom (Andrea Riseborough). But after a horrific murder of Mandy before Red’s eyes, he goes on a rampage of revenge of those responsible.
Pretty straight forward, but where the “fringe movie” comes into play is that this movie was chalked full of metaphor that, I’ll be honest, I didn’t quite get. But really, who doesn’t love a solid revenge movie?
Where Stanley Kubrick comes into play, much like a Kubrick movie, when we’re introduced to the couple, it’s definitely a slow burn before the shit hits the fan. But not a bad slow burn where you might anticipate getting bored, it’s definitely keeps you in the movie as you’re brought into the life of Red and Mandy. Think THE SHINING, you have a slow burn as you’re introduced to the life of Jack Torrance and his family before shit got bat shit.
As for Heavy Metal, there’s sexuality, religion plays, and monsters. Yes, MONSTERS. Haha. Shit is bizarre, and I LOVED IT!
More than anything, what I loved most about this movie was the look of it. It definitely had a retro feel to it, like a movie from the ‘80s. Like if I was to pop in a NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET on VHS into the player (yes, I still have a VHS player), that’s definitely the look of it. A beautiful distressed feel. But more than that, the movie’s use of color was fantastic!
But I can’t talk about things I loved about this movie without mentioning when Nic Cage’s character goes MANIAC! Because let’s be honest, no one does manic better than Nic Cage. Alamo even did a pre-show to prep you for it. If you ever been to an Alamo Drafthouse, you know they do great pre-shows before a movie. Whether it to inform the audience, like they did with BLACK PANTHER, or just something for fun, in this case it was a little of both. Moviegoers were treated to a bevy of bat-shit crazy clips from Nic Cage’s worst roles… and I have to say it definitely worked in prepping you for what you about to see!
But that was the downside too. Not the Alamo’s pre-show, but Cage going manic. As he does it so well, he can, at times, take it to a point where it’s almost comical. And that was definitely the case a few points during MANDY. And for me, took me out of it a little bit.
Even still, at the end of the day, MANDY was a glorious sleigh ride into hell! And I’d definitely recommend checking this out!
MANDY is in theatres now, and on VOD on your favorite services like iTunes and Amazon.
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