Uwielbiam ten film! Wielowątkowa historia, której wspólnym elementem jest ZOO. Produkcja nie daje nam zbyt dużo odpowiedzi na pytania, które zadajemy sobie podczas oglądania tego barwnego obrazu a nanosi kolejne np. o życiu, jego sens lub też gdzie są jego początki.
It is interesting how far out of popular cinephilic esteem Mr. Greenaway has fallen over the past few decades. Once highly revered, now a figure of scorn. It would seem the diminishing quality of his work speaks to this. Were we all wrong in the 90s? As a teenager during that time, Greenaway was unspeakably huge to me, and Zoo was my favorite Greenaway. Does it stand up? Unquestionably. Though I see it w/ new eyes.
A perfect ensemble for Greenaway's obsession with numbers, alphabetical orders, Renaissance and (early) Baroque painting - in this case especially Vermeer, but you can also find many references to Brueghel (e.g. in the composition of the flower bouquets) as well as visual reflexions on still lifes, birth, death and decay (the vanitas motif). And the film is the second of six cooperations with composer Michael Nyman.
Painterly mise-en-scene and breathtaking meditations on decay save this from being a bit of a dud. Greenaway's exuberant, slightly pedantic use of as many symbols and concepts as he can lay hands on, in addition to some disappointing misogyny, makes the middle of this film somewhat tedious and bloated. Fortunately, he manages a neat conclusion that does actually deliver some of the conceptual payoff he promises
Superb! Covers all of the bases! Yes, it's a blunt & ironic jab in the eye at social/cultural structure & this fast tarnishing gilded cage - a farce of a commercially driven slave democracy. Yet says so much more! 14billion yrs ago strange & unfamiliar elements began an arduous sequence of converting events that facilitated our presence on earth today. We'll never exist in this time, mind or body ever again......
3.5 I can't help but think it's dated a little poorly and veers dangerously (echoing the opening car crash) from wonderful to almost cringeworthy in places. For me the theatricality, that is a Greenaway signature, works against rather than for it but then there are some wonderful shots. Its playing with ideas can be fun but then sometimes it all feels so forced. So, yes, I have mixed feelings about this one.