Funny games indeed in this expose of audience complicity in depictions of violence. It’s a troubling work - no doubt the aim - and if taken as a play on expectation and convention (the assumed insatiable thirst for violation), then it’s a cold triumph. However one cannot help feeling Hanneke is preaching to the converted; his clinical modus exposed for the exercise it is and one feels patronised for the most part.
Funny Games isn't funny at all! It is a horrifying terror movie and a lot better, than the US remake (also by Haneke), because I didn’t knew the actors so I felt closer to them, what made the movie more realistic. Also the Austrian accent, which sounds funny to me as a German, makes the movie better, because Austrian seem so friendly. Funny Games is hard to watch and makes you feel bad afterwards.
Anfangs ganz spannend, nimmt die Dramaturgie jedoch mit Fortschreiten des Films mehr und mehr ab. Den Ausflug auf die Metaebene hätte man sich auch sparen können beim Dreh. Grausig ebenfalls die schlechte Daten-Übertragungsrate von Mubi, die alle 30 Sekunden für einen Aussetzer zum Laden sorgte. Kein Vergnügen!