ACTUALLY scary... Not in the kliche kind if way (by goakim)
Just a quick one... Just wants to say that people that reviewed this film and didn't like it, didn't go with the terms of the film... Its a masterpiece for sure, I would say the best semi horror film I have seen this year. It IS actually scary, compared to the typical 5 youngsters takes a trip to a house in the forest" kind of film... The whole uncertainty of the story.. The subtle hollow feeling of not knowing why Alicia behaves as she does... Just the fact that the way its build so different from what you would expect is a value to me.. I don't watch boring shock effect <more>
horrors.. I kind of was thinking a little bit of the movie from 2001 called "Wendigo", not that the story is similar at all, but in its unforeseen storyline and the closeness of the characters... Watch it if you spooky movies that plays with the media itself, don't watch it if you like random shock effect typical slasher films or ghost story with predictable endings.. This is the real deal.. Loving it.. 100%
A Great Film That The Internet Is Misunderstanding (by guiltypep)
Magic Magic is hilarious, and judging by the reviews on here, Tomato Site & And the trailer's YT comments : Almost nbody is getting it. Its a great movie, blatantly a carefully executed satire from start to finish. You could say it's literally as though Lars Von Trier was directing a Tim & Eric thriller. So many tropes of modern horror/thriller get played on constantly throughout... The incredible tension between all characters is relentless but is 90% of the time surrounding completely trivial/mundane situations. It tows this line of forced tension, excellently, throughout <more>
the entire film. From the CD stuck in the stereo,the song itself, the roadside puppies, to Alicia saving the goddamn parrot magazine page, it really never ends! I understand why tons of people will not be appreciating the film at all and yet I'm very surprised to see that even in many positive reviews, peoples praise of Micheal Cera for stepping out of his comfort zone to actually frighten or make the audience uncomfortable. I think Cera signature is uncomfortable and that he plays this role very similarly to Tim Heidecker's portrayal a hipster in The Comedy. His timing, delivery and technique in Magic Magic are the kind patented in that camp of actors/writers/comedians/producers. T&E,Odenkirk,Cross etc. I was shitting myself with laughter all the way to the end of this film and loving it. Just look at the cover of the DVD people. About 90% of people reviewing/commenting on this film seem to be treating it as a genuinely thrilling drama, or a very lame horror movie...yeah...i dunno about that.
Great portrait of the intricacies of the human mind (by pilodanxinger)
Well, if you think that Iron Man is a great movie, then of course, Magic Magic will seem the most boring movie ever.In my case, I love simple stories, that present characters as real world people, with real-people problems and challenges, that allow us for introspection and learning.In the case of Magic Magic, we are presented with the downward spiral journey of a weak mind, triggered probably by the distance from home, the sight of a foreign land, and the overwhelming amount of environmental stimuli, which can be trivial for the rest of the characters.If we exercise our empathy just a bit, <more>
and look that world through the eyes of Alicia, we will find ourselves as witnesses of violent events that can harm us very deeply.The movie not only shows a very complex character in Alicia, but tests our sensitivity levels.A masterpiece with great acting, and a great lesson for all of us.
Perhaps this movie only works if you've known someone with the kind of debilitating paranoia that Alicia Juno Temple suffers from. I don't know. All I can say is that I was glued to it from start to finish and I honestly feel that it was masterfully crafted and offers so much more than most people are giving it credit for.I understand the backlash... it really is NOT a horror movie. But its not a showcase of intangible visual art-house dream-sequence garbage either, which is what I think people might imagine it to be when they read the synopsis. For me, it was never even the <more>
slightest bit boring.If you want to see how mundane situations can be brilliantly transformed into nightmarish experiences for one character, while other characters awkwardly try to deal with it and often provoke it , eventually watching this dynamic grow to high levels of darkness and intensity, well then this is the movie for you! I wish more people could look a little deeper and appreciate the many layers and eccentricities of this movie! Like another reviewer mentioned, many of the scenes could be perceived as flat out hilarious. That is, if you can allow yourself to be simultaneously mortified and amused. This movie has the ability to provoke a wide array of CONTRASTING emotions. I've never seen anything quite like it.It's not a movie for everyone. But if you read this review and still want to watch it, you'll probably think its pretty neat.
You don't know what it is? It's like Lars von Trier's Melancholia. (by sd-forum)
This movie is absolutely amazing and I don't understand all the negative reviews. Really? You didn't understand what this movie is about? Really? You were expecting a horror, fantastical movie? Let me make it easy for you. This movie is about depression. Being at a strange place. Not feeling belonging to a place. This is like Lars von Trier's Melancholia. Except this is much better and less boring than Lars von Trier's movie.I was planing on watching this movie in 2-3 sittings thinking it will be slow but this movie completely surprised me and I watched it from start to end. <more>
Juno Temple plays so well in this and I could completely understand her pain.
Magic Magic Movie Review By Andrew Brauer (by andrewbrauer96)
BY THE WAY THE SPOILERS ARE AT THE END! When an American visits her Cousin in South America, along with her Friends, she slowly starts to go insane. This is Magic Magic.I was really looking forward to Magic Magic, mostly because of the cast and the premise seemed promising, as I heard about this film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Then the trailer came out a few months ago and I was even more hyped, and early reviews were very positive with critics praising Juno Temple for her performance. And after watching Magic Magic, I have to say that not only is this one of the best films of the <more>
year, but it's also one of the most creepy films in some time. Magic Magic is a weird, shocking, and brilliant experience that isn't like most movies today, it's different.The Plot Very Good, it isn't what you're expecting from the trailers, as it's more about a young woman with mental problems who has a mental breakdown. It is a little similar to another indie film back in 2011 called "Martha Marcy may Marlene", it follows a young woman who is paranoid of all things around her, but that movie involved a cult, Magic Magic's reasons behind Alicia's mental issues are hardly explained, but they work thanks to the plot.Directing and Writing Amazing, this is a beautifully filmed movie with amazing shots of the island, everything from the ocean to the hills to even the sky looks great. The film is decently paced and is unpredictable, no matter how many times you've seen the trailer. The Writing is well written and timed. The musical score is one of the most haunting this year. Acting The best part, Juno Temple gives a raw, outstanding performance as you buy that she is crazy, I do wish that there was a little more back story behind her illness, but that's a minor flaw in a otherwise tremendous performance. Emily Browning is also great as her cousin, but she isn't used in the movie much. Michael Cera is terrific as Brink, he is committed and is different from what he usually does.SPOILERS! The ending was the weakest part, as it has no resolution and feels unfinished. Just like "Martha Marcy May Marlene" the ending will divide up audiences. It ends with Alicia possibly dead on a boat heading back to Barbara's truck with Sara, Brink, and Agustin. People will either feel satisfied of frustrated. A few other amazing scenes include Alicia's first attempt to jump from the rock cliff into the water as it felt intense and nail biting, and the scene where Alicia is hypnotized is unpredictable and great.
Magic Magic is being pushed as a psychological thriller and horror ..... that is doing this movie a great injustice.From the very start we know Alicia has an emotional problem and that Sara has an ulterior motive to back out of the trip at the last minute. Just what Alicia's emotional problem is, the viewer does not know and why Sara backs out of the trip into the country side is not made clear. What is made clear is that Alicia is very depended on Sara ---- especially in this foreign country traveling with people Alicia has never met and going to a distant area of Chile.We do not know <more>
anything about theses peoples past so the viewer must go with what is presented to them for insight into their character. For me they came across as just young indulgent unexperienced youths. When they realize Alicia has a few problems they just ignore her issues because she will have to adjust on her own. Sara says she'll be there later and the broken line of communication among the youths will be mended. That doesn't happen.When the group realizes, too late, that Alicia has greater problems than they are capable to handle, what do they do, they give her pills because thats how modern society treats emotional problems. The problem intensifies with Alicia having taken too many pills and is easily confused .... or is she desperate to fit in with the group? We the viewer cannot tell either, we are equally confused as Alicia. When Sara finally does arrive Alicia has already crossed the line into a state of confusion but Sara cannot see it, at first. When the problem with Alicia becomes dangerous and threatening Alicia is taken to a local witch doctor who's only remedy is the use of ancient indigenous rituals which is useless to Alicia and all involved with her.This movie is more about the clash of ancient and modern cultural norms in treating someone with obvious medical needs. Here are a group of inexperienced youths raised in a modern world but facing a threatening and dangerous situation with only old world medical practice available to them. They find themselves caught between to conflicting worlds.
I watched Magic Magic last night. I guess I have waited about a year to see it after watching Jack and Diane 2012 . Jack and Diane didn't set the world on fire but for my money it was excellent film, it features the art of Brothers Quay and I thought Juno Temple was outstanding, so I followed her to this film. Magic Magic is haunting, disturbing, sad and insightful. I held our attention for the full duration of the film, and was captivating adult story telling. Juno Temple is amazing; we will be following her career with great interest. Emily Browning also delivers an excellent <more>
performance here; both of these young women are choosing interesting challenging source material to work with. In a time when cinemas are full of reruns, remakes or reboots this serious piece of cinema is most welcome. Thank you.
I must have misinterpreted this film. I remember watching the previews about a year ago and I think I skewed what it was supposed to be about. Michael Cera is indeed not a psycho serial killer out to murder all his buddies. This film isn't a flashy, cheap-thrills banger of a scream scene at all. It's actually pretty brilliant if you get out of the self-entitlement of needing to be entertained. It isn't really about wowing the audience. Instead, we're shoved into the normal life of a normal young woman who gets randomly thrown on a trip to Chile with her normal cousin. Now, I <more>
don't understand the coldness of the characters greeting her in Chile. I don't know if in a "real" setting, hosts of a guest would be that distant. If you don't want a guest, don't have them show up. I also have to wonder if Alicia being in a new climate, setting.. with new food, people, experiences, etc. had to help her mind slipping. I wish there was more technical thought put into that aspect. That being said, the "random" events that happen throughout that seem to have no impact on the entire film actually do make sense. Without leaving spoilers, I'll mention "the dog scenes" and "the bird scenes". Both seem to be dramatic and unnecessary when dealing with Alicia's reactions to them. But when you really think about it, they play a big part in showing HOW Alicia's mind starts unraveling. We get a private glimpse into someone mundane who gets paranoid, sleep deprived, lonely, and weird. We also see her friends try to deal with the mess that she is becoming. This isn't glamorous or fun. This isn't easy to understand at first glance. But watch it and see the clues for yourself. Make yourself Alicia and understand her torment and confusion. When watching reality shows like The Real World, we get a cast of people specifically picked because of their uniqueness and quirky personalities. They are larger than life and entertaining. This is why so many people watch. The thing about Magic Magic is that these people could be everyday folks we'd pass on the street. It's about their approach to overcoming or at least dealing with a friend that has gone insane and needs help. This film seems slow and boring but there is magic in the fine details. Don't watch this expecting to sit there numbly and be enthralled by fancy pants tricks. You have to think, understand, and sympathize. I'm a little upset with the people who called it boring and uninteresting. To me, that kind of undermines mental illness. It is a real and horrifying experience that we get to see a picture of.