Maggie (2018) - Yi Ok-seop
Featuring outré formalist and structural sensibilities, Yi Ok-seop's Maggie is an intriguing work which starts strong yet ultimately becomes a bit too unwieldy, falling victim to its own madcap rhythm in which a collage of ideas lead to a lack of precision. Featuring a cinematic language which seemingly sits at the fulcrum between unfocused and tactically subversive, Maggie uses a familiar stylistic conceits to tell its story of alienation and mistrust in the modern world, encapsulating a unique milieu which only partially works due in large part to the film's lack of detail when it comes to its characterizations. The film's madcap rhythm and formalist designs obfuscate the norms of everyday life, exhibiting a postmodernism type exploration of modernity recognizing that trust, deceit, and any type of attribute related to human relationships is subjective due to the intrinsic nature of perspective within the human experience. The film's episodic like structure borders on meandering and yet there are some interesting aspects throughout, with Yi Ok-seop announcing herself as a unique voice, albeit one who has a long way to go at perfecting her craft when it comes to thematic ideals related to societal and personal exploration. While the characters are thin and the plotting itself is only marginally interesting, which leads the film to lack emotional resonance, Maggie remains a worthy experience due to the film's unapologetic creative zeal.
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