Friday

Funny Games (2008) Michael Haneke


Starring: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet, Devon Gearhart.

Usually I feel a need to accompany my family to the video store, on account that I can never really trust their choices. However I must credit their recent pick Funny Games. It's like nothing I've seen before. 

Funny games is the scene for scene remake of Haneke's Austrian original (1997). This movie is most definitely a psychologically twisted movie. I found it extremely hard to explain the severity of how creepy  small things such as broken eggs to people.


The opening scene perfectly summarizes this movie: A family driving along to their holiday house playing a game of "Guess the composer" only to have the calamity of the drive  juxtaposed to a large red title accompanied by heavy metal rock which is not noticed by the characters (A symbol for the plot's exposition) .

Haneke manages to compose images we have for so long associated with purity and  manipulate them to show the severity of sadistic violence that unfolds. The two young men  present themselves extremely politely and  well mannered. The way they remain calm and yet respectful of their victims sends a chill down the viewer's spine. 

"Ciao Bella"

Something to love about this movie is the way it manages to present violence with such a strong audience reaction. I have never been more relieved when I had assumed justice had come to these characters. However this relief was immediately broken as Haneke breaks the fourth wall and reminds us exactly of the message he is presenting. This  aspect that can either severely annoy people or give them a powerful insight.