le0pard13 encouraged me to make a post on why watching Irreversible is worth it. For this post i will simply put what i got out of the movie, and let others decide whether its worth it.
What i found interesting was its portrayal of revenge, and how it can drastically affect people. A average guy going on a mission of revenge isn’t new, but i like how the movie shows the kind of event it would take to get a average person to go on a mission of revenge, and how that person would be a damaged, unpleasant person. I feel in a lot of mainstream movies men on revenge are depicted as “cool” and calm. While Irreversible’s treatment of this trope was far less pleasant than the usual, i think it felt more realistic(In fact, the main characters friend calls his quest for vengeance “B-movie revenge crap).
I also think Gasper uses various film techniques to help communicate the message of the movie. For one, he uses a very chaotic directing technique that helps communicate the how messed up the main character is. While at times i do feel Gasper uses it excessively, i do think for most of the movie it helps communicate the message of the movie rather than distracting from it. The directing gets gradually less chaotic as we get closer to the beginning of the story, communicating the more serene start of the story. We also learn that the main characters quest to vengeance is partly motivated by his own guilt due to how he acted before the incident. By telling the story in reverse, the movie forces the viewer to think about the affects revenge can have on a person, rather than enjoying the character taking revenge(Like in Kill Bill, for example”.
The only major complaint i have with is the homophobic language used by the main character. I think the other elements of the movie communicates the point of the move fine,and i don’t think the homophobic language helped further the message of the movie. In fact, i think it adds a unnecessary barrier to watching the movie, and with the movie already as unpleasant/hard to watch due to the other elements its not needed imo.
But even with that complaint, i do think the movie has a point, and that it isn’t shocking for the sake of being shocking. I think what the movie was trying to convey was the poisonous power of guilt and revenge, and how those forces can turn a decent, otherwise rational person into something ugly and destructive. I do realize this movie is not for everybody, but for me i found it to be a interesting exploration of how revenge can drastically change somebody.