Poor Things (2023). Movie review: Alice in the fascinating land of the absurd

Poor Things
Martin Cid
Martin Cid

Poor Things is a movie directed by Yorgos Lanthimos starring Emma Stone. With Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef and Jerrod Carmichael.

It’s a film that can only be described with positive words. It is a movie filled with ideas from beginning to end, showcasing talent in every aspect and always maintaining originality. It cannot be classified as a comedy, drama, or experimental art piece. It is all of those things in a story of the absurd and a journey through wonderland, both aesthetically, emotionally, and socially. It is a walk through the absurd that can be viewed from different perspectives and allows for numerous interpretations, never getting tiresome even after multiple viewings. The aesthetic is completely overwhelming.

We loved it!

Poor Things
Poor Things

Plot

A doctor conducts an experiment, reviving a deceased woman by implanting a baby’s brain. We witness her evolution through different stages of life in a seemingly absurd world that gradually starts to make sense as an existential parable of the absurd.

About the film

“Poor Things” is, above all, a movie that stays with the viewer, penetrating deep within and posing tough questions, sometimes in a terrifying way and other times as a comedy, always playing between these extremes and flirting with an existential absurd that remains fascinating throughout. First and foremost, the director, Yorgos Lanthimos, manages to create “his” movie, his universe, and his beautifully terrifying, cruel, despotic, and charming world, while also allowing other elements of the film to shine.

Despite the overwhelming aesthetic displayed in “Poor Things”, there is also room for a spectacular script, full of absurd and crazy ideas that overlap and unfold with both pace and rapidity. There is also a space for an incredible performance by Emma Stone, who shines in her role, portraying all ages of the sweet Bella and bringing to life a character in her different stages, always on the verge of madness or genius. The supporting actors are perfect, with a great Mark Ruffalo and a Willem Dafoe who once again stars in one of those strange movies that he loves so much; the ones that allow him to create an aura of an actor completely detached from the industry (almost always).

The madness that revolves around Bella seems to have no control, but it is a false madness, an organized madness centered around the fascinating beauty of the macabre, the absurd, and the deep and yet beautiful cruelty of human beings, who invent wonders and, at the same time, consume themselves in their own animal mediocrity.

Our opinion

We already liked this director and actress from their previous work together. Now, they have simply enchanted us with this fable of the absurd that could have been signed by Salvador Dali.

For us, without a doubt, the best movie of the year.

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