You, good sir, speak the absolute truth.
A film that doesn't aspire to be anything more than a captivating story. Which it is. Really conscious directorial and editorial decisions build a poetic nuance against which the story unfolds, which makes it difficult to not be interested in. Not many stories are presented this well.
As the film that almost single-handedly popularised the recent renaissance of South Korean cinema, Oldboy owes part of its success to boasting pulsing storytelling from its first frame, while familiarising the killer revenge yarn with its charismatic (yet utterly human) protagonist, his free-wheeling, original story and its dynamic mise en scene, which Park moulds in operatic turns to successfully bait and hook his audience. While still retaining its quirks, its appeal is thus derived - and remains intact at that.
Oldboy is a alright film but I need to say something. While I really hate sounding like a hipster dick, I'm sick of film school kids trying to convince me they're open minded, and like foreign films and have diverse taste because they liked Oldboy.
If you are going after Oldboy for those supposed "film students" then place anything by Aronofsky and Nolan right there with it. I think Park-Chan gets shit heaved at him for his overt sense of style, which to some degrees, is what Oldboy does. I dare you to challenge those same shit heads to watch something like Thirst or even Lady Vengeance. They'd cry.
Oh I've done my share of shooting Nolan down don't you worry. Sorry this an attempt to demean any Chan's work, just the mentality of the kids. And I only thought about this because I'm always running into kids who treat foreign films like its a genre when its just something not from the USA. And then you have guys that try to some up their stance on foreign films with one film. And its not just Oldboy at all I could've just as easily said Ameile or City of God.
This movie is really magnificent. The visual details supported the whole story. Unlike most of manga-based movie, it didn't give me a frozen-standing still scenes, yet it was flowing beautifully. The only regret I have is I haven't read the manga version. Well, hope the upcoming Hollywood version won't be a disappointment.
Excuse me,I think I'll go take a long shower to wash all the dirt and grime I just witnessed on screen. Definitely a film hard to digest as the characters are just downright loathsome, a battle of wills and torture not just physically but mentally. I think I'll go watch The Sandlot or E.T. before I go to sleep.
One of the most devastating movies of recent memory. A psychological revenge thriller that reveals the darkness that man can experience.
Il cinema asiatico si avvale di un senso artistico e narrativo a cui poche realtà contemporanee sanno tener testa. Oldboy ne è l'ennesimo esempio lampante. Chan-Wook ci regala una pellicola impressionante,ipnotica,con una regia meravigliosa,intrisa di magnifici flash-back,dosatissime sequenze oniriche e grandiose ambientazioni.Bellissimo anche nel suo messaggio di fondo:la vendetta distrugge anche chi la perpetra.4*
Everything about this film is stunning. Script , acting , cinematography , direction. A modern masterpiece.