District 9 - Journal of Omnifarious
Aug. 21st, 2009
10:20 pm - District 9
Wow, that was a fantastic movie. It had one flaw. It was gorier than it needed to be in a few places, especially near the end.
The main character, especially, is completely believable. The society he finds himself in is demonstrably our society. How the various details play out is completely believable.
The movie also uses the interesting story telling device of frequently showing the story through the eyes of the cameras that are so ubiquitous around us that we hardly ever think of them. I don't recall ever having seen that done before, and I am nearly certain that it has never been done with the intention of reminding you that they exist. The movie makes statements on many levels about many things in our society.
I don't want to give anything away. The journey of the main character is the central pivot on which the movie rests. Anybody who told you anything about the decisions he makes and why would be spoiling something important.
It is not a pleasant movie to watch. Neither was Pan's Labyrinth. This movie, IMHO, is better than Pan's Labyrinth. I considered the violence, brutality and gore in Pan's Labyrinth to be absolutely necessary to tell the story. This is not as much the case in District 9. Much of it is necessary, but not all of it. And I would while I think most US movies are pornographic in their treatment of violence, I don't really think that of District 9.
I brought tazfrog to see this with me, and that was a mistake. No review I saw mentioned the gore and violence. If I had known this was a movie that was that emotionally jarring and brutal I wouldn't have brought her to see it with me. She spent large portions of the movie huddle against me, her face hidden. I did offer to leave in the middle even though I thought the movie was fantastic, but she chose to stay. I'm still sad I subjected her to it.