More like I can't believe Mysterious Skin is by the same director that made The Living End, Totally Fucked Up, The Doom Generation, Nowhere, Smiley Face...and Kaboom.
Charting a course between the psychedelia of Araki’s early period and the darker coming-of-age of Mysterious Skin, Kaboom’s ensuing tone settles queerly between the two, neither outright manic enough to quite surpass the former’s standards, nor near subdued enough to garner similar broad appeal as the latter. But for Araki faithfuls, it’s a fun ride all the same for its mash-up of familiar tropes, in which there’s nary a dull, prudish moment - not least in being reunited with Duval as the wryly named Messiah of this colourful universe.
Can't think of a single Araki film that I finished in one sitting, that I didn't initially dislike, that I didn't return to several times and that I didn't grow to unconditionally, wholeheartedly love. "Kaboom" is no exception to these rules. An auteur of strange, simple, surreal pleasures and deep affection for his wacky characters, Gregg hits another one out of the park here. I think this could be my favorite work of his besides the obvious masterpiece "Mysterious Skin."
Love it in all its absurdity. Unpretentious, thrilling and delightfully sexy. The more I watch it, the more I like it.
Araki has finally found actors whose ages are quite near the characters that they play. Not sure if this is film he would have made before going "respectable". It often comes off as a re-make of Nowhere, I haven't decided if it is better or worse. Araki does have the talent of conjuring up the most beautiful people who are most shallow & vacuous but entertaining nonetheless.
It was exceptionally erratic on the first viewing, but on the second it’s wonderfully hedonistic sci-fi sex comedy which is intentionally unserious about anything in itself, managing to be deeply charming and sincere – with a sexual openness I wish existed in more films – all the while being amusing in how deadpan it is when the sci-fi and fantastical aspects appear unexpectedly.
After seeing it three times, I realized, I love this movie! Sure, it's not Gregg Araki's best work (Nowhere and Mysterious Skin are in leagues to their own) but its sure as hell is fun and breezy. The dialogue pops and the cast is attractive. Maybe its a guilty pleasure but fuck it, I watch it over and over again!