Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Most Confusing Movie Ever

Most of the movies that confuse me concern either 1) money 2) spy stuff 3) high tech.

But the movie TREE OF LIFE (Terrence Malick) is an exception. It seems like a plot easily understood, but I didn't get it at all. And I have heard Sean Penn admit as much.

What movie confused you?

12 comments:

George said...

I'm still confused about 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. What's with that giant baby at the end? And the black obelisks? And HAL the computer? What a fragmented movie!

Deb said...

Last Year in Marienbad directed by Alain Renais (who passed away recently). I couldn't figure out what was going on.

--Hopeless Philistine Deb

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Films about distorted reality like INCEPTION and SHUTTER ISLAND. I seldom get them.

Cap'n Bob said...

MAME with Lucille Ball. I'm confused about how it ever got made and then released.

Cap'n Bob said...

But seriously, Apocalypse Now's second half.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Oh, yes. All of these. I have tried LAST YEAR several times. And only because I had read the book, did I get SHUTTER ISLAND and maybe not then. And same with HEART OF DARKNESS.

John said...

I figured someone would say INCEPTION. I had no problem with it but I heard major complaints from many audience members including my friend as we were leaving the theater.

THE NUMBER 23 with Jim Carrey was confusing and stupid. Bad combo for me.

HOUSE OF VOICES (aka SAINT ANGE) was a mix of effectively filmed narrative scenes and arty nonsequitar sections (most with no dialogue) that made the story a muddle. Ambiguous ending that seems to invalidate all that preceded makes it all the worse.

Erik Donald France said...

Anything that has multiple flashbacks and flash forwards tends to force me to try to contextualize, but even so, it helps to see more than once. Lately, I was just barely able to keep up with True Detective, by "time clues."

And: what Deb noted is a good one -- not meant to "make" narrative or linear sense, I suppose.

Deb said...

Now you tell me!

Richard said...

George, pay attention, or you could read the (ahem) book. 2001 makes perfect sense.

Anders E said...

I see nobody's mentioned David Lynch yet. Maybe it would be too too obvious.

DONNIE DARKO of course. And PRIMER.

For convoluted, yet plausible, plot I'd say FUNERAL IN BERLIN which I watched again only yesterday. It's basically impossible to figure out while it's happening but give it a little thought afterwards and you'll be rewarded. Great movie and one of the best sequels ever.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Spy movies always stump me. I don't seem to get the unsaid actions.