This movie is the proof that the world is becoming a sick and dumb place
Great Film overall
This is a small, humorous movie in some ways, but it has a huge heart. What a nice experience.
I was hesitant to watch this movie because of all the explicit sex scenes everyone seemed to complain about in their reviews on IMDb (I always read reviews before watching a movie). There were so many mixed reviews that I decided to give it a shot. I watched it with my fiancé and fast forwarded through most of the sex scenes. I'm not a prude. I just don't find it necessary to watch a 10 minute sex scene. Anyway, this movie was so GOOD! I cried a couple of times. I felt myself feeling for the two main characters, Electra and Murphy. Their relationship was in fact toxic, but I never throughout the whole film doubted their love for one another. It's usually the toxic relationships in where your heart breaks the most. Murphy's and Electra's relationship started off strong, but it soon turned toxic when they started exploring sex with other people together. This movie goes to show that the bedroom is just for two people. Bringing others in will only strain the relationship with jealousy and insecurities. I felt Electra's pain when he confessed to her that he had gotten his neighbor (whom they had recently engaged in a threesome with) pregnant. I also felt Jasper's pain when he goes looks for her at the club and tells her "I belong to you! I wanna have a baby with you! I love you!" I felt for him, but I felt for her even more. Seeing him in the present in where he's with the woman whom he got pregnant was so sad and depressing. He gained weight, was unhappy, and was not in love with the woman he ended up with. It's almost as if he resented her for Electra leaving him. Two years later, and he never stopped loving Electra. She went to sh*t soon after breaking up with Jasper. Although she hated him, she still loved him. There's a fine line between love and hate. The opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is 'indifference.' Her hate/love for him led her to give up on life. In the end, he finds out she overdosed and died. They don't actually say it, but based on his reaction when he gets off the phone with her mom, it's safe to assume that's what happened. It's blatantly clear. He then goes into his bathtub, sits down, and holds his son how he once held Electra - where he once held Electra. This is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. It doesn't have a happy ending, but it has a realistic one. When the movie was over, I hugged my fiancé tightly, and I promised him to never ever hurt him. I asked him to promise me the same. This movie was very good but very sad.
There's been discussion about whether there should be sex scenes in movies at all. There are those who claim that they are distracting, offer nothing to further the story and could be skipped and nothing would be missed. Sometimes they are outright obscene. I find myself on the opposing camp. I like my movies controversial, and I think movies shouldn't shy away from subject matter because it is 'risky'. Sex is a part of life, it's emotional and intense and important, so it makes sense that movies would delve into it.Now 'Love' is a movie that borders on pornography, that's how deeply it delves into the matter of sex. The plentiful sex scenes are reportedly unsimulated - meaning the actors actually really have sex on screen, which is enough for many to label it obscene. And obscene it is. The film is full of depravity, sexual lust, fetishes, and generally morally reprehensible behavior. So if you don't go for that kind of thing, you should steer clear of this movie.I saw a review of 'Love' calling it pretentious. I don't think the movie is pretentious so much as the main character himself is, spouting off about 2001: A Space Odyssey and how he's going to be a great director. He's not a very respectable person no matter how you look at it. He cheats on his girlfriend and when he has to take responsibility and raise a baby with his hook-up, he constantly pines for his days of fooling around and doing drugs. Actually, he never really stops doing drugs.The story - and the 'message' - of the movie is about how the young American film-maker idolizes French bohemian sexuality and freedom, but ends up getting sick of too much of it. But it's not a French movie and not an American one. It's simply a Gaspar Noé movie, and it shows. There was barely any script, no guidelines or rules in making the movie. It's the director's movie, completely focused on style and theme, color and composition and rhythm, largely disregarding story and even characterization. There are frequent short 'black-outs' all over the movie, which made me think that my copy was faulty somehow. The movie has a unique flow, it's nonchronological, following the thoughts and memories of a character suffering from a terrible hangover.I have to make a comparison to 'Blue Is The Warmest Color', which really is a French movie, also has a lengthy running time, and also features a whole lot of sex. That movie was emotional and relatable, it was like a look into a life that was really lived, and despite the controversial lesbian sex scenes it strangely had a lot of innocence in it. 'Love' is like the drug-drenched, depraved, delirious and destructive, nihilistic counterpart to that movie.
Love is Gaspar Noe's latest film. It's essentially porn. Long, drawn out sequences of sex throughout. But there's a story, and that's what could be interesting about this film. Not since the early 70's has pornographic films experimented telling actual stories instead of just getting straight to business. Nymphomaniac is the last film of the modern era that attempted this, and it absolutely blew me away. This would've been fascinating, but instead, it's PAINFULLY boring. The story line and dialogue sucks. I didn't feel for anyone in this film. The acting was extremely stilted, but in porn films that's pretty much the norm. The cinematography is the only standout. It's beautiful to look at, as most Gaspar Noe films are. However, I despised the black screen that would appear every time there was a cut. As well as the many shots of the main character standing inside a doorway with his back turned to the camera, listening to an annoying voicemail. Why did he do that? Why would he think that would work? If there's a profound reason for those two editing decisions, I'd like to know.. not that it would make me feel any differently, I still hate it. Love is not only a missed opportunity, it's a film I'll never remember, or want to remember.
I know I only rated it a seven out of ten but that's because I admit this film's faults. It certainly isn't near perfect but I felt very moved by the characters and their story. Lots of people may not be able to relate to this film however those of us that do can say that everything about this depiction of love has been experienced and is real. As a grown single adult living in today's dating world I can attest that the relationship between Murphy and Electra exists. Their obsession with each other and with sex that led them into a deep and possibly unreal infatuation was honest and thought provoking. Love sometimes doesn't make sense and can't be described or made logical. Their connection was what drove them into darkness, madness and despair. Love is completely all consuming on any level it's represented on. So many times have I given myself up for something that a year later I looked back on and couldn't reconcile my behavior, and so many times have I given myself up to something to only sabotage it before it completely devoured me. I don't know if I have been in love, but I have felt what these characters are going through and I wouldn't know what else to call it. In the vein of Harmony Korine and Lars von Trier I think Gasper Noe is a genius. Yes this movie is uncomfortable, yes the acting isn't great and yes the story is dry, but it's a genuine take on what relationships look like for some people in their mid twenties to early thirties and I loved every second of it.