Siblings annoy each other and me but in the end their love for each other also include my own affection for the material in the film as it reaches it's natural resolution. The party scene is patethic to behold, but there is also some great funny moments to grasp.
Still not sure what to make of this picture. The situations that the two characters find themselves in were just too ridiculous for me to take them seriously, but I stuck with the picture because the dynamic between them seemed solid, and then their story jumped the shark and I was left with nothing. Kind of poignant, even if the story, and the characters, and the situations were incomprehensible an unrealistic.
PC.There will be few things that annoys me more than the mumblecore and, in that, Ross Perry, with his natural naturalness and confused posture and his unbearable out of tune voice, seeking for tones of emotion. Nothing pisses me off more, in cinema, than a shapeless movie that seeks the climactic buzzword that could interrupt its christian's white petit-bourgeois fruition, like incest's tenuous ghost.
Not at all uninteresting indie shot in grainy 16mm. Unseflconscious about its flaws (the dialogue about sex does not always work) , it's also unpretentiously confident about its strengths: naturalistic acting, some doses of cynical humor, a great Carlen Altman whose physical presence and piercing gaze dominates the screen. A great finale too turning a taboo on its head by subsuming it under human drives and fantasy.
A story about family dysfunction, sibling rivalry and rapprochement, shattered illusions, unfulfilled dreams, coming to grips with who you are and who you've become against your very own will and expectations, and making that sometimes slow and existentially painful transition into adulthood despite already having developmentally become an adult--all this hilariously wrapped into a road movie. Impressive, memorable.
What the hell was that? Felt like watching an 83 minute trainwreck. Not my sort, generally, except then it was just really good. Clever and subversive and dark and self-aware. The way the tension torqued.. Made me low-level anxious all the way through. Is that what having a sibling is like? I'd have died of exhaustion by 30. Dirtily intriguing, even before the finale. Solid film, though I'm still not sure I liked it.
Sometimes irresistibly funny, sometimes just trite mumblecore maundering. But let's get this straight, what about that scene at the end? Was it necessary? Was it the whole point of it? In any case: why? Maybe I'm overreacting, but it left me uncomfortable and not in a positive way. Apart from that an average/good flick, not without some memorable moments. Still I can't shake that feeling off yet, really.
Time has been good to "The Color Wheel." Seven years later, this indie comedy has not been eclipsed for its acerbic and keenly observed script. Carlen Altman and Alex Ross Perry are a dream duo as two constantly bickering slackers who slowly come to realize they don't fit in anywhere except with each other. The fact that they're siblings complicates things, but refreshingly doesn't come to define them - or the film.