After seeing “Bronson” was picked as the movie of the month on LAMB, i decided to check it out on netflix. I was panning to do a deep analytical post on it…but to do that i would need to see the point of this movie is, and unfortunately i didn’t see it. For those who don’t know, the movie is a biopic of Britains most famous prisoner Michael Peterson(who got the nickname Charles Bronson, hence the title), played by Tom Hardy.
During the beginning of the movie, i thought maybe it was trying to be a sort of tribute to Clockwork Orange, or at least the idea of trying to show society’s uglier side. But imo the character didn’t feel relatable enough for me. I couldn’t see Bronson really symbolizing any sizable part of society, unlike in A Clockwork orange where Alex seemed like a product of his society. In fact, after seeing this i actually appreciate A Clockwork Orange a lot more because of this.
I then thought maybe it was trying to say something about the pursuit of fame, but imo that didn’t work either. From what i got from the movie, Bronson was violent from the start and decided later to try to become famous for it. He wasn’t someone trying to become famous through any means necessary, he just happened to find something he could use to make himself “famous.”
I also think the over-stylization of the film made it lose any possible meaning it could have had. Going back to A Clockwork Orange, whenever it got to its violent parts it was extremely hard to watch. Despite it being made years ago when movies tended to be more tame in respect to violence than now it still had impact. Bronson was made recently, and despite the level of violence in the movie i didn’t really feel anything from it. I realize that sometimes stylized is just what the doctor ordered, but i just felt like in this case it shouldn’t have been so easy to watch.
Now, i realize that not all movies are supposed to have deep meanings behind them, and i don’t mind popcorn entertainment when its done right. But i feel if i am going to spend a whole movie with a character as consistently unsympathetic as Bronson, i would like there to be something deeper to make it worth it. And to me Bronson just didn’t have that.
I hate to be so negative about this film, as i came in wanting to like it, and i have watched and loved films with less than saintly protagonists. But Bronson just did not click with me.