Funny Games (Movie Review)
Funny Games is a 1997 cause celebre by German director Michael Haneke. In this film, a Nazi officer named Arno Frisch plays hide and seek with his captives. The resulting violence is hilarious and it makes the movie unforgettable. A few memorable moments: Frisch clubbing the family dog to death, forcing his mother to strip in front of the TV, and his father smashing his leg with a golf club. The film also gives its viewers the freedom to choose the level of discomfort they want to feel.
The film is set in the aftermath of a home invasion movie and is clearly meant as a deconstruction of the genre. The premise of the film is a giant middle finger to Hollywood and the genre, as well as a statement about the violence in American media. The movie’s title, “Funny Games,” is a clever way to deconstruct the home invasion film and portray horror in a striking manner. In the end, the wife is a badass who shoots the villain and rewinds time, allowing him to escape.
Written by cjsfunandgames