27 Aug 2019s Climax
Climax is the latest from Gaspar Noe, known especially in the horror genre from his 2002 film Irreversible. Climax is centered around a group of young dancers who, while preparing for upcoming performances, have a party and it goes a little ‘nanners. Is that a good enough synopsis? Because after watching that, my brain needs to calm down a little bit.
Ya know, before I put this one on the tele, I had a feeling I would either walk away from Climax in one of two ways: irritated for having watched it, or exhausted from the experience; perhaps a little of both? And in Climax’s case: I’m exhausted. There’s so much buildup and confusing and it throws you off, so when the tension finally gets there, you’re sucked in. I was completely enthralled by this. Honestly, this is the most tense I’ve felt watching a movie this year.
I couldn’t turn away. I think most of the time I just kept wondering when something was going to happen, and when it got there, i was hooked. This movie is filled with anxiety, but I fear that because of how long it takes to get there that most people will tune out.
If you know anything about Noe, you know he does some weird stuff and it’s not for everyone. I honestly don’t like most of his stuff, but this one hooked me, and I was exhausted by the end from the onslaught of anxiety, tension, noise and wondering what was happening.
It fits him as a director, but I wish he wouldn’t have done the weird camera angles at the end. For me, it just distracted me. Like, we get it, dude. We know who you are and you do crazy stuff. But it wasn’t necessary.
I don’t think I’ll ever watch this again, but I’m glad I did. Well, maybe I will because I have a feeling that when you know what’s happening, you’ll be able to pick up things you missed during the barrage of noise and dance and screaming from your first watch. I don’t think this movie is for most people, but I’m glad I watched it.