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Poor Things (2023)

Directed by:
Yorgos Lanthimos
COUNTRY
Ireland/United Kingdom/USA

GENRE
Comedy/Drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Poor Things

RUNNING TIME
142 minutes

Produced by:
Ed Guiney
Andrew Lowe
Yorgos Lanthimos
Emma Stone
Written by (based on the novel by Alasdair Gray):
Tony McNamara


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING

Bella Baxter / Victoria Blessington

Emma Stone

Duncan Wedderburn

Mark Ruffalo

Dr. Godwin "God" Baxter

Willem Dafoe

Max McCandles

Ramy Youssef

Alfie Blessington

Christopher Abbott
Madame Swiney Kathryn Hunter
Harry Astley Jerrod Carmichael -
Martha von Kurtzroc Hanna Schygulla
Felicity Margaret Qualley -
Mrs. Prim Vicki Pepperdine -

 

Review

Arguably Yorgos Lanthimos' most cinematic film to date, Poor Things is a well of visual and intellectual ideas, all revolving around a Frankenstein-inspired mad scientist (Willem Dafoe) and his latest creation: a young, beautiful woman (Emma Stone) whose body he rescued after an attempted suicide and then resurrects by transplanting the brain of her unborn baby into her. Lanthimos' aesthetic has a distinct steampunk style, mixed in with quite a few nods to David Cronenberg, and the result is a film which brings an at times wonderful sense of adventure in addition to plenty of morbid humour and cynical satire. The audacious story takes us on a Bildung journey with our infantile protagonist in which she discovers the world's pleasures and pitfalls through encounters with a host of roaringly colourful characters. Unfortunately, the fun storytelling and creative visuals cannot quite conceal the film's sometimes imprudent postulations and generalizations, and Poor Things occasionally gets itself entangled in repeated, age-long preconceptions about sexuality, women's lib and gender roles.

Copyright 28.01.2024 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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