Enemy, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon & Isabella Rossellini. Director, Denis Villeneuve. The film left me wanting more details, despite understanding that not all stories have to spell everything out. Surprisingly & apparently, I haven’t seen an art film for quite a while & when confronted by a modicum of metaphor, I was spinning in place. Briefly.
Gyllenhaal is actually pretty swell in his portrayal of a history teacher who discovers he has a double. Though not overly fond of his film decisions, since he became a name, this seemed to be an adequate vehicle to display the talent, which indeed he does possess. I like him, but someone needs to inform him that the Yeti-look is old news. At least, since the 1970’s. Point him in the direction of the depilatory shelf, at the nearest bulk-buy, please.
I swear, the movie has an almost sci-fi feel to it. But it is definitely not. However; I could feel the overwhelming meaninglessness of life hovering in the pollution over the Ontario filming locations. Excellent locales lend that extra added touch, in a way that words cannot.
Dismayed; I was, at some incongruities thrown in. Attempting to develop the lead character. Right from the beginning. It verges on being art & ends up being a dead end. However; the story does end up trying to validate itself from the onset to conclusion. I did enjoy it, despite my own confusion. It seems good.
This needed more; but, on the face of it, I give my recommendation.