Thursday, May 5, 2016
HIGH-RISE Is a Disturbing Hot Mess
Guys, HIGH-RISE is just about the looniest garbage I have seen in a long while. And I wanted to love it. I mean, Tom Hiddleston is in it, as is Elisabeth Moss, so that's gotta count for something, right? NOPE.
So what's good about it? Well, as I said Hiddleston is always a delight to watch. He's clearly enjoying himself here, wallowing in the filth that is apparently the sub-premise of the narrative. His character, Laing, an architect, dances, destroys his apartment, sunbathes naked on his balcony, and screws all the pretty girls in their shallow, affluent complex. He's, I guess, living the dream. Meanwhile, his neighbors (played by Moss, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, and Luke Evans), having lived in the building years before him and distant from the outside world, are embarking on rabid crime sprees and committing sins throughout the building--
HIGH-RISE, while nicely shot even at its most maniacal, is ultimately empty with a disastrously constructed narrative. While its recurring theme projects anxieties over a socialist society, the delivery is tone deaf and thoroughly problematic.
Rating: F (no stars)
HIGH-RISE is now playing.