Everyone Is Entitled To My Opinion: Reality (2012)
Reality will be in theaters this Friday 4/5/13
While this movie won The Grand Prix at Cannes last year, I didn’t find it special at all.
Reality tells the story of a fish monger and father who becomes obsessed with being on the TV show Big Brother. He becomes so obsessed he alienates himself from his family and friends. He goes to great lengths to try to impress the producer and becomes delusional, thinking he’s being watched. As dark as this all sounds, it’s really not. In fact, it manages to stay fairly lighthearted throughout. Don’t get me wrong, this is a drama. It’s just not as dramatic as a French or an American drama. Even though I didn’t particularly like it, I do understand the appeal to this film. It’s a stab at excess and the petty yearnings for fame and notoriety without actually accomplishing anything to deserve it. This film is too little too late with it’s references. Reality TV is old news, even in Italy.
My one major issue with this film, besides the obvious shallow attempt at trying to appear deep and meaningful, is the horrible cinematography. The colors are over saturated and distracting. The attempt at a surreal, cheap, TV look was noticed and not appreciated by this guy.
I’d really like to write more about this movie but there’s nothing more to say. I didn’t hate it, I didn’t like it. It was mediocre at best.
OVERALL RATING: 4 OUT OF 10 – SKIP IT IN THEATERS AND DVD. MAYBE WATCH IT ON TV IF YOU’RE REALLY BORED