Studying foreign films in a class, we watched "The Eighth Day", a Belgian film. In the beginning of the film, I found myself somewhat disappointed, but it began to come together by the middle of the film, making me ultimately enjoy the film overall.
The beginning of the film is pretty erratic in its editing. It jumps quite frequently, and if it were done slightly differently, as to only introduce the character of Georges, it would have been more effective. As it is, there is really too much thrown in for it to be effective in terms of character development, and it just has an unnatural, jarring feeling to it. After the introduction, the character development does begin to occur, and it is extremely effective. There is an extreme amount of sympathy created for the two protagonists, and it is great. Yet, there are still a few moments that feel slightly cheesy, but never distasteful.
The cinematography of the film is very good, especially during the fantasy elements of the film. The film also uses sound in an extremely effective way. The use of contrapuntal sound is excellent, especially during the end of the film. The acting of the two main actors is also great, with emotional and comedic performances from both, resulting in believable, sympathetic characters.
So overall, I liked "The Eighth Day" overall, but it wasn't exactly perfect because of its slightly weak editing towards the beginning of the film. It was enjoyable, though, and it had a lot of great elements in its writing.
The Eighth Day
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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