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Paul 8 I thought it was great. Just fantastic. I love LaKeith Stanfield. This felt like I was watching as a road map to the future. There were a few lulls, but you don’t notice them the first time around because things gets so weird. I love the horse mutants, and even the poorly-dubbed voices, which I think were done intentionally bad.
Justin 7 On a second viewing, the lulls were one thing to let go, but there were some strange, disjointed parts. It had a lot of social commentary which smarter people could figure out and analyze. After you get to the big swerve, you start remembering all the horse stuff all over the scene. They can’t up with something so asinine that’s also social commentary.
James 6 This one is really hard for me to score. There’s a part of me that wants to give it a three and part that wants to give an eight. The movie is full of metaphor. It’s not particularly new—you got social classes, rich versus poor, black versus white, all pretty played out—but it’s done in a very original way. But the meaning of the metaphor is kind of lost, like someone couldn’t up with a complete script. They wanted to talk about social injustice, but it’s mostly horseshit. If that was their goal, they did a good job. There’s a ton of stuff in there, but so much is lost in the story. You’re just like, ‘What the fuck?’
Matt 6 You may think it’s more of a social commentary movie at first. I defy anyone that watches this for the first time to guess where this story ends up.
Mark 7 While it has some shortcomings, I really liked this movie, and LaKeith Stanfield might be one of my favorite actors of the last decade. I agree that the main theme gets muddled once the plot goes off the rails. Their metaphor is taken to such an extreme it wraps back around to being literal, which makes it really easy to miss what the actual quote-unquote ‘message’ is supposed to be. But, it’s really easy to forgive this because the clever writing and charismatic acting pulls it all together. (Also, they directly mock the metaphor becoming literal at one point.)