Monday, August 21, 2006

A Scanner Darkly

If the aim in a narrative film is to tell a story, very few fail as comprehensively as Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly.

There's a lot to say about the film, much of it positive, but overall, I'm left with the immediate impression that Linklater has made a series of very serious mistakes. One of the greatest novels of all time has become, cinematically, a genuine folly.

I'm mourning the once mooted Terry Gilliam/Richard LaGravanese take on Scanner particularly darkly this morning.


Mark said...

I'd have been happy enough with Spike Jonze taking a swing at it.

Jiffy said...

I found it bearable... just. I thought the rotoscoped animation was just too much to take after about 15 minutes. It began to grate on me a lot. Thoroughly disappointing if I'm harsh, one for video if I'm kind.