Thursday, February 21, 2013

More Virtuosity: But This Time, Yeah, You Notice

Couple days ago we get a very nice clip with some very subtle camera/editing. I said, "Director Chan-wook Park's virtuosity is on display, though not so you'd notice. He doesn't toss technique around for its own sake. His camera work enhances character without bringing attention to itself."

Well, today we get a another clip and this time, indeed, the camera draws attention to itself and I'm not so sure it's in service of the characters. It does, for sure, create a smooth flowing scene all in one take, and that's worth something. Seeing how you have to either cut or at least move the camera to shoot this setup, it might be more fair to call Park's lensing 'dynamic'. It does match the mood, what with all the machinations swirling around.

Very Hitchcock, pretty fresh, however way noticeable. I like it. It's good. Yes, I'm sure of it. I've convinced myself. But, especially on the big screen, it's going to be conspicuous and might do little more than take the audience out of the moment. Still, though, nice movement. Obviously. Very much so.

So, in conclusion: Makes you dizzy but it's fun -- or -- In context, at that point in the movie, it could be brilliant and spellbinding and have you on the edge of your seat biting your nails however, out of context, in this clip, it's just a little busy.

I'm liking 'Stoker' a lot. Safe money is on 'Park knows exactly what he's doing'.


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