Vintage Noe. Captivating, intense, DARK, upsetting, titilating, horrific, deprived, and wonderful in so many ways. This is not a film for most people and one that should rightfully upset everyone. It’s not a graphic as Gaspar’s other works but may be equally disturbing. A great sign of things to come and an accomplished, idiosyncratic, fierce early work by one of cinemas most audacious and inspiring directors today.
.......On the other hand we have the much better and expanded I Stand Alone. It's like Taxi Driver but more misanthropic and nihilistic. And since this is a feature length film, it gives Noe to show off his cinematic and technical skills even more. The last 30 minutes are just plain brilliant, i expected to end in the same way as Taxi Driver but Noe subverts that and gives the butcher an ending that suits him.
Almost a manifesto of what was to come with Noe, this is raw meat indeed. One admires the strident confidence of the piece but question the point of expressing nihilistic concerns in such brutal terms. I suspect the answer is because you can, but that hardly furthers debate let alone enlightenment. It sorely lacks the polemical drive of, say a Pasolini. Nebulous offal: stylishly arranged, little more.
So dark, so depressive. An uncertain man with certain thoughts. He has thoughts about every little thing but he can not implement them. Gaspar Noé used fast-motion in some parts that increased the excitement of those scenes and he flashed some images very well that you can have an idea about The Butcher's thoughts.