My 100 favourite films. Entry #16: Se7en.

Se7en (1995)
directed by David Fincher
starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman
country: USA
genre: Drama / Thriller

Visuals: 10
Writing: 8
Everyday watchability: 3

You see movies and TV shows like this all the time now. A clever serial killer taking his victims by some esoteric whim and a pair of detectives working to stop him. It doesn't sound especially novel, but it has all the elements you see again and again in movies and TV. But Fincher and screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker have the privilege of giving a raspberry to the later incarnations and saying, "we did that 13 years ago and we did it better."

I remember when Se7en came out, and it was the grossest thing that I had ever seen. An obese man force-fed to death, a man forced to cut off a pound of his own flesh, a man held in bed for an entire year. It was foul; it was bitter in my mouth; it was...amazing. I think this movie (and Fincher's later film Fight Club) were popular because of how stylish and (as the media likes to say) raw they were. Viewers latched onto the style before they could really grasp the substance. In the truly great films, the substance begets the style. Se7en therefore is dark, brooding and intense only because it needs to be, not simply because it looks cool.

Now, here are some shots that look cool.


1 comment(s).:

June 10, 2008 at 4:25 PM MPU said...

Where are the The Muppet Movie The Great Muppet Caper, or Muppet Treasure Island? You know, the classics.