One of the many risks/luxuries of Mubi films is wandering/descending into them blind. I'll therefore be honest: until I read the synopsis afterwards I had no idea this was a (hybrid) crime drama. It confronted me as a melodrama with a black comedyish spiralling theme. And it still does.High Rise: confused by it as I expected a Ballard tale to be more extreme. I loved this: hilarious, bewildering, fiercely banal.
I found it very disturbing and Harold Pinter-esque. Closely neat, ordinary family, playing guitar and singing songs, friends visiting, mother singing lullaby to her adult child.. under this idyllic setting there is darkest, cruellest undercurrent of greed, selfishness and murderous lust
Wheatley is just not for me. This film confirms my suspicions from his other work that he has no narrative or thematic voice beyond an adolescent cynicism, and certainly no visual sophistication to speak of. As the bodies pile up, I realize that none of this matters in any way, nor has any impact on me, not as dark comedy nor as provocation.
Some notes I took while watching movie: "Great music. Some genuinely funny moments and some dark moments - but overall tone is agreeable, not bleak or tongue-in cheek. Good acting. Some nice camera work as camera pans back and forth between characters during conversation (my brother's observation)'