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Is Beyond the Black Rainbow staying beyond its welcome?

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“Beyond the Black Rainbow” is an attempt by Panos Cosmatos to make a vibey/weird horror film in the vein of some of the horror films from the ‘80s. There are long scenes that aren’t about much more than a creeper creeping over a little girl while some cool music plays and we see them on an interesting set. The acting in it is good, aside from two clowns at the end. The vibe of the film is just were it should have been.

So it’s good, right? Well, that’s where writing this review becomes a bit of a challenge. When I saw the trailer I immediately wanted to see it, wondering how it took me two years to hear about the film. I had a fair impression of what kind of movie I was going to end up experiencing. Unfortunately though, the film ends up stretching some already long scenes to the point where they stop being interesting and they start getting boring. My experience watching this film was the interested, bored, intrigued and then seriously let down. Yup, the ending is one of those that you either laugh at or has the potential to ruin what you’ve been watching during its 110 minute runtime, which I honestly could swear was a tad over two hours.

There are two characters added into the ending of the film that not only suck, but also betray the overall vibe the movie had been aiming for. Then there is the last scene for the main character, which I believe to be the antagonist and not the barely fleshed out victim. The victim, Elena (Eva Allan), is stuck in a bird trapped in a creepy cage that she just wants to get out of. The protagonist Barry Nyle (Michael Rogers) eventually shows signs of change as he abandons the control he’s forced himself to have.

The best part of this film is the combination of a great soundtrack and some interesting retro/futuristic aesthetics of the film. Something of a dark version of Soderberg’s remake of “Solaris” the movie takes its time with music and slowly paced visuals to keep you entertained. The entertaining part wavers here and there, because of the pacing/editing, as mentioned before.

The film is a mixed bag of good and boring. While I can see some people loving it and can totally understand the people that hate it. I myself seem to be stuck in the middle somewhere not sure where I stand. I intend on giving it a second viewing. I’ll update this review if my perspective changes when I do.

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Credits:
Directed by: Panos Cosmatos
Written by: Panos Cosmatos
Cast: Michael Rogers, Scott Hylands, Marilyn Norry, Eva Allan


Source of the Bitter: JAS

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