Reflecting on the list of films that I had seen from 2016, I noticed that I had only watched three foreign films, so I decided to go ahead and watch "A Man Called Ove", which I had recently rented. Ultimately, I found it to be very good.
The plot, while a little formulaic is well-done. Yes, the plot shares many of the same beats as other "grumpy old man" films, but it compensates for this with other extremely unique elements. For example, the film incorporates dark humor in a very effective way, often serving as commentary on modern society. The narrative structure is also interesting, specifically the way in which the flashbacks are incorporated. This method does have its drawbacks, though, as this causes overuse of the deus ex machina plot device. Additionally, the protagonist of Ove is extremely well-developed and easily connected to in an emotional way. This is likely the most effective part of the film.
Why this film is nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, I am not sure. I didn't really notice anything revolutionary or exceptionally done in that category. The cinematography and score, though, are great. The opening cinematography is especially good, as it kickstarts the characterization in a way that adds meaning to the film. The score also does well in building the tome.
Overall, I thought that "A Man Called Ove" was very good despite a plot that veers a little bit to the formulaic side. It may not have fully deserved its Makeup and Hairstyling nomination, but in terms of Best Foreign Film, I have yet to see the others.
A Man Called Ove
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: Digital rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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