Friday, November 3, 2017

The Square Movie Review

Claes Bang stars in The Square

The Tesla of Justice

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Christian (Claes Bang) is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced-but-devoted father of two, who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is "The Square," an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian's foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for "The Square." The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. Directed by Ruben Östlund.

"The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within it, we all share equal rights and obligations." Sounds noble, doesn't it? Oddly enough, there isn't an ounce of nobility to be found in Östlund's The Square (this year's surprise winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes.) But fear not, it's funny as Hell... a stupendous collection of hilarious scenes/skits centered around unrepentant Christian (played brilliantly by Danish actor Bang.) It's filled with great little moments (condoms, letters, Tourette's) and even manages to get you thinking a bit, before, after and in between laughs. What's not to like love?

Grade: B+