Dolph Springer awakens one morning to discover that the love of his life, his dog Paul, has gone missing. Desperate to reunite with Paul, Dolph embarks on an epic journey which seems to spiral further and further into the absurd. Quentin Dupieux's Wrong is a comically absurd fantasy which effectively transports the viewer into a world which they have never seen. While I felt Quentin Dupieux' last film Rubber relied too heavily on cheap laughs and gags, Wrong achieves exactly what I was hoping for in delivering a surrealistic journey that intelligently parodies the thriller/mystery/noir
genre. The one thing that almost everyone must appreciate about Quentin Dupieux's film is its ability to keep the viewer on their toes. Literally every scene, every conversation even, seems to be designed to do the opposite of what would be expected from a viewer. Wrong uses these genre tropes to
great effect - many seemingly important conversations lead nowhere, the music-cues are incredibly misleading, etc. I was particularly fond of how Dupieux uses surrealism to not only capture these hilarious absurdities but also to provide glimpses of poetic truth and honestly. One of my favorite being the constant sprinklers raining down over Dolph's place of employment. Sure it's absurd, but it really does capture how many people feel at work - miserably drowning in their sorrow. The film features tons of ridiculous characters like an eccentric pet detective, a promiscuously insane pizza girl, and an enigmatic pony-tailed guru, Master Chang, played beautifully by William Fichtner. Quientin Dupieux' Wrong is certainly not a film for everyone but its originality and off-beat absurd humor are certainly something I was quite fond of.
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