Reviews written by Lloyd
Peppermint Candy (US Version)3 people found this review helpful
August 29, 2005 Deeply disappointed, lacking substance, flow, and
Upon reading the summary and the previous reviews, I looked forward to seeing this film. Unforunately, I found myself deeply disappointed upon the film's conclusion. The film isn't absolutely horrible, the acting is impressive, and the cinematography is well done, but this is by no means a great movie.
The story is told backwards, from the ending to the beginning, and attempts to recapture the past 20 years of a man's life. However, the pacing is ackward, and the film is full of plot holes which leave many unanswered questions. The film feels as if it wants the audience to believe that the characters and the storyline are profound and deep, when they both fall on borderline ridiculous.
Our "protagonist" is almost anything but. By the end (beginning) of the film he finds himself with nothing to live for, but his predicament is the fruit of his own labor. In the 20 year time span that covers his life, not once could I sympathize, or even pity our immoral hero, for his hardships and griefs are the results of his own volition. There are plenty of movies where we witness the metamorphosis of the central character from good to evil, and vice versa. This film however, has a hero which is unlikeable from beginning to end.
The lead actor displays a great portrayal of a someone suffering from bipolar disorder, but the situations he finds himself in are extremely unbelievable, to the point they are almost laughable. His actions, no matter how wrong, never warrant any type of punishment, whether from himself or society. I kept telling myself that this film is just one giant dream sequence, because the story is not the least bit plausible.
I really wanted to like this movie, but I felt nothing but contempt for the protagonist as the movie dragged on. Combined with the nonsensical world and circumstances, and the film's slow and ackward pacing, I would give this movie 2 stars at best, but have decided on 1 to level off the ratings for this film; it is by no means a 5 star movie.
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