Come & See Review

I was scared of myself while watching Come & See. The characters in the movie look straight into the camera, with gazes and faces which will penetrate anyone’s heart, and run, amok with fear, as if the viewer himself is a devil they have come face to face with. It creates a ghastly atmosphere for the events set to unfold, which are an exploration into the evil which resides within all of us.

Almost all war movies maintain a zeal for self-censorship with respect to the audience. Come & See however keeps hold of its colossal power on its audience through the brutal violence it showcases, turning my living room into a battlefield in itself. It didn’t have shots fired all around it, but I could sense my living room being filled with all the emotions of the characters of Come & See, and to needlessly clarify, none of them are anything close to pleasant. The movie works as dissection of the human conditions during the World War II and all its despicable violence. It seems to encompass all of life itself, even paving a way for a lust-driven, yet heartfelt romance which we root for.

Albus Dumbeldore once said ‘Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living and above all, those who live without love.’ There is a scene in this movie where hundreds of villagers are burnt alive in a woodshed. Their screams of anguish create immeasurable dread further accentuated by the laughs of the Nazis. Tears welled up in eyes not for the victims, but for the survivors. How can one ever witness such inhumanity and not lose faith in life ? Klimov begs us to feel sorry, not for the dead, but for the living who die with every passing second of their lives due to the indelible scars the violence which materialized has left on their minds. The ones who will be plagued the rest of their lives with nightmares of their dear and near ones getting burnt to death. The ones who will have to live their rest of their lives trying to forget those cries of anguish.

Come & See isn’t without its own share of faults. It is not devoid of melodrama at times, and in the end, a patriotic streak towards Russia. However, none of these flaws seem have any effect on the final turnout. That maybe because unlike other movies which act like puppies wanting to be petted by everyone, Come & See actually takes a stance. Fearlessly it proclaims what it actually thinks about the SS soldiers – Satan in a uniform.

RATING :- 9.3 / 10

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The Breakfast Club Review

The brats of the 70’s, Dogme 95,…even the mention of these revolutions must give hardcore cinephiles the goosebumps, I reckon. They saved cinema. Now you may be thinking to yourself (obviously you ain’t but pretend for my sake) when does cinema need saving ? Well, I think it is when every character you see on the screen from the opening to the ending credits is a tried-and-tested cliche. It is when scripts are dumbed down for the audiences. And if you want to test that the veracity of my statement is hors concours, then go watch a movie about teenage. Well,….. just not The Breakfast Club. It’s sheer genius. I know when you watch it, it probably doesn’t come off as one, but it is and here’s why.

This is the premise. Five teenagers, each a stereotype- the prom queen, the sports star, the nerd, the weirdo and the jerk are put together in the school library on a Saturday for detention. And as their conversations progress, the layers start peeling off. The characters basically just sleep, swear, talk about how much their parents suck and sex and occasionally, smoke weed. So as you can see, it is at least brutally realistic.

And that realism is its most paramount factor. Take almost any other teenage movie and you will see how screenplays shamelessly sugarcoat teenage angst till it appears to be banal, and the only factor that remains is the one which the target audience (read teenage couples) go into the cinema halls to see, viz. plot mechanisms related to testosterone and progesterone.

But, in The Breakfast Club, John Hughes treats his characters and their angst with the respect it deserves. They say all great art is about something deeper than it admits. On the surface, The Breakfast Club may look like a simple plot, but at its crux, it is a tale of identity crisis in teenage years and how the stereotypes we assume in that period, meaninglessly keep us captive in a self-constructed prison. Throughout the movie, Hughes pays special attention in not focusing on any character, yet diverting that attention towards their tales by which each characters dons a different stereotype depending on the tale he/she is saying, so as to illustrate the transcendental nature of the roles we consider to permanent.

It also explores what I think is the only beauty in teenage life – how conversations seem to be meaningful and life-changing. Through the course of the movie, the characters mostly yank about balderdash, but towards the end, an eerie silence hangs over the movie, affirming it all did add up to something important, which one of them will take away. And instead of sugarcoating the plot with an uplifting ending, Hughes opts for a bittersweet one, which will be cherished long after the screen fades. (This all takes place during a Saturday detention by the way)

All though I may have destroyed the interest you may have had in watching this movie by making it look like a mind-fuck Kaufman, believe me, it is the most fun you can have watching a movie. The Breakfast Club is a hilarious and poignant tale, the kind which refreshes our memory from time to time on why we actually go to the movies.

RATING :- 9.4 / 10

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