The White Ribbon delves into religious legalism left behind through a parable of horrific proportions. For those who have escaped religious legalism, the tale is a welcome reminder of the wreckage we abandoned.
This is a very good horror film which is terrifically entertaining, but not for the squeamish. There are a number of themes presented in the movie which are worth discussing… including, of course, how to deal with brain-dead zombies.
The Wolfman is beautiful to watch. It is Gothic eye candy. The performances are good, but the characters have to navigate a clunky script and a story that relentlessly announces to the audience exactly what will happen next.
Much of the appeal in Gilliam’s films is the creative and imaginative ways in which the story is told. The scenes of the screen are meant to be scrutinized as closely as the dialogue. The film is a lovely gown that hangs on a rather sturdy hanger.
The theme of redemption—something for which the current culture is desperate—is present, but oddly enough it is a rebellious archangel who seeks to save. From what little I know, the last rebellious archangel’s escapades were not quite so noble.