Every year I pick a movie that I feel like 75% of the people who saw it, hated it. And yet for some reason or another, I fall into the 25% who was fascinated by it. This year, that movie is definitely Men. I will say right off the bat, this is NOT a movie for most people. I get the vitriol toward it. Hugely metaphorical films that bounce between tones make for a very non-normal movie experience, and they are not for everyone. But for those select few who adore the weird, out there, flat-out bonkers flicks, you’re in for a treat. Here is the brief IMDB synopsis:
A young woman goes on a solo vacation to the English countryside following the death of her ex-husband.
Men is… hard to describe. It’s one of those movies where the filmmaker was either dealing with some really difficult emotions when they conceived it, or just took a lot of mushrooms. Or both. Either way, this movie is pretty heady. Speaking of the filmmaker, that person is Alex Garland. If you’re familiar with his work, you already know you’re getting something that paints outside the lines. With Ex Machina he showed a bit of the bizarreness he was capable of, but with Annihilation, he hammered it home. Now with Men, he’s cemented himself as a gonzo artist. This is a movie that is less about the story, and more about the way it makes you feel. So if you go in expecting it to be plot driven, you’ll be disappointed. If you go in expecting to feel uneasy, unnerved, and downright uncomfortable, you will be rewarded. To me, sometimes that is the best kind of horror — the kind that gets under your skin and you’re not completely sure why. This movie did just that. But boy is it gorgeous while it does it. It is shot absolutely beautifully. And I should say, for those weak of stomach, maybe steer clear. The last 30 minutes of this movie will test even the jaded of viewers. Expect a ton of naked dudes. a ridiculous amount of gore, and a whole lot of “what the Hell?” For those 25% of you out there like me, enjoy!
Where to Watch: Not streaming free yet, but worth the $5 if you’re into this kind of thing.
Food/Drink Pairing: A manly slab of red meat and a spot of tea.