For the second day in a row, my second film of the Florida Film Festival was a blind pick. I knew very little about “The Strange Ones”, but it fit perfectly into my schedule between two films that I really wanted to see. Unfortunately, this shot in the dark ended up being more of a shot in the gut.
I thought that this film didn’t make very much sense at all. It obviously has something profound to say, but I just didn’t get it from the film. The dialogue was sporadic and awkward, and the plot was equally bad. For one, it contradicted itself to the point of being confusing as to what it was intending to be the truth. The basic plot, what was occurring on screen, was followable, but the characters were poorly developed, so I didn’t really care that much about it. There are just so many nonsensical layers and twists to this film that it is confusing.
The filmmaking style was okay. It definitely has a retro feel, paying homage to the 70’s, but I don’t know if that is a good thing. About 3/4 of the shots have a slight slow zoom on them that feels unnecessary and often quite annoying. There is one shot that is horribly shaky for no reason to the point at which the action is indiscernible. Even a post-film Q&A didn't really reveal much about the filmmaking process and the confusing choices made by the filmmakers (such as the zooms), with the main reason for many of these elements being to pay homage, which is fine if in moderation.
Overall, I did not like "The Strange Ones" at all. It was way too strange, and it didn't make much sense at all. It doesn't necessarily feel like a feature debut, but rather, a film made by someone who thinks that they are far more profound than they actually are.
The Strange Ones
Big Tuna's Rating: F
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters at a film festival.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
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