Reviews of Ken Park
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Why use a scalpel when a meat cleaver will do?
A heavily underlined rant against the perceived low morals and standards of modern day USA. Although why criticise the already derided – junk TV, gun culture, lack of parental care, etc. – I don’t know, because after 90 minutes of sledge hammer polemic, you’re still none the wiser and the social views you hold at the start are likely the same as those you are left with at the end, albeit bludgeoned after this unsubtle assault.
I suppose there’s a sense of despair to it all, but too often any opportunity for insightful critique is lost in the onslaught of trailer park bashing.
- Currently 1.0/5 Stars.
As much as I might be a fan of daring cinema, I can’t abide the use of gratuitous sex scenes (and sometimes plain porn) on a film in such a tasteless, unforgiving way. In his search for a statement, the director found himself drowned both by an oversexed plot and his own desire to make it meaningful when it was not.
But don’t get me wrong, the film is not bad, and some shots manage to convey true, powerful drama and emotion, it’s just that those are exceptions in an otherwise forgettable piece.
- Currently 3.0/5 Stars.