So I realize I’m about 6 years late to the party but I was sort of cornered into a situation where I had to see Todd Solondz’s “Palindromes”. School assignment. Knowing a little bit about Solondz’s style of filmmaking, this isn’t a film I would pick up to watch on my own, but there I was.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a film that has ellicited a more visceral reaction from me. I hated it with every fiber of my being. And the hate was immediate and automatic, from the moment the first character uttered the first line of dialogue, and was only solidified throughout. It offended me on an aesthetic level. On a narrative level. On an emotional and an intellectual level. I literally had to go take a walk to cool down from my frustration. I couldn’t understand it. It’s certainly not the product of incompetence, although the acting was atrocious. The way I see it, this movie was designed to be an ugly, uncomfortable viewing experience. The terrible acting was, I’m assuming, a casting decision. The pace. The dialogue. The editing. Everything. It was a movie designed to be as displeasing as possible — except it didn’t seem to use that ugliness as a means to an end. Whatever hamfisted point it tried to make sank beneath its own ponderousness, or was so obvious that it got lost in the gimmicky starkness of it all. It was ugly for the sake of ugly. Unlike “Happiness”, there was absolutely nothing redeeming about this turgid mess of a movie. It’s a badly-written, ill-conceived, destructive piece of art, and it ruined my day.
Fuck you Todd Solondz. I hate you with all my heart.