Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Overlook Theatre Reviews: Feedback

A radio star experiences the worst night of his life when stalkers assault the radio station where he's working.

5 of 5 viewers "Liked" "Feedback" (2020, Spain/USA)
Creature reviews have been minimally altered in an attempt to maintain their voice:

Greyranger - "This movie is both unpleasant and ambiguous, so it's not going to be for everyone. But it ratchets up the tension steadily, the performances are uniformly strong (Eddie Marsan is great in the lead), and it artfully turns into something else... And then turns into yet something else. The twists will take you to a place you may not want to go (but as with Miike's Audition, it would be cruel to give anything away), and it will piss off some who expect all wrongs to be righted. But it's a truer picture of ourselves, the evil we do, and how we bear it." - 3.5 Stars

The Impostor - "Slow start for me, I would have probably tuned out/turned off if I'd watched alone. Feedback picks up its stride by the middle and keeps it going till the very end with plenty of mystery and twists. Kept me engaged and I'm glad I stuck it out. And I loved seeing Anthony Stewart Head from Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this! Overall solid watch. I don't think it's something I'd watch again but I'd recommend it." - 3 Stars

Huntress - "After a dense intro that almost lost me, Feedback evolved into a completely different movie. Set in a radio station and recording studio comprised of unique and colorful rooms, the story takes a second act turn and rapidly gets dark. I was very unprepared for the number of moral quandaries I found myself faced with. I definitely need to rewatch this one." - 3.5 Stars

Lord Battle - "The best part of Feedback is it teases being a movie you don't want to watch, then becomes something you can't look away from. Brilliant performances, beautiful design, and awesome script. Best Die-O-Drama I've seen in years!" - 4.5 Stars

Wandering Panda - *Spoiler*- "I love this film. It's slow paced but once it hit its strides it got very interesting. Feedback possesses surprisingly gory outbursts of violence. I can't help but listen to the last half of this film where everyone is interrogating everyone and it's hard to trust anybody. It's like rooting for the lesser of the two evils because everyone in this film is shitty. This film is a verbal battle of chess where all the players have an agenda and they're trying to trip and force each other into a corner. Feedback is well acted, has excellent sound design, and rewards insightful viewers with its story. All in all, Feedback is great and should be watched at least once. But it's definitely not for everyone." - 4 Stars

The Overlook Theatre Final Rating*
(Below is for after you've seen the film)

At this point of the Overlook's life, our reviewers trust us. Either that or they're just more adventurous that they have been in the past... or they don't mind sharing the pressure of movies selection and the resulting response of the viewers. Whatever the case, no one protested when Feedback started, aside from a bit of hemming and hawing during the heavy Brexit conversation up top. This was a screener given to us by the same distributor who had supplied our previous feature of the night, which probably wasn't making it onto any top ten lists but was still pretty fun to watch with friends. And starting the night with that feature might have actually worked in Feedback's favor.

Our first movie of the night was By Day's End, a half security camera half handheld camera in-world camera movie that (to me) felt not entirely fleshed out. I didn't realize that it had essentially disarmed the audience. So when Feedback got intense, we were all taken aback. While that didn't drastically change minds about the film, and Feedback didn't need any help to play well, it made our viewing experience a whole lot better because no one saw it coming.


The Overlook Theatre materialized in a Residence for a screening on 2/13/2019
*Based on the star ratings turned in by character reviewers, others viewed and got to "Dislike" or "Like" but that does not affect the rating.

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