The Square – Movie Review
A man’s life begins to unravel when his mistress brings him a bag of cash.
The Square is an Australian movie that has some real promise. It has a huge cast of very good actors, but I’ll tell you, the real reason to go see The Square is not the actors Apparently it’s being proceeded by a short film by the same director called Spider. Spider goes about five minutes and is terrific. It is well acted, it’s identifiable human emotions, and it is quick and dirty, literally. It starts with the saying that it’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye. Then it goes on to express the idea that all of our mothers have said that. The Square is basically the Spider times 100 or something, and it is not served by that expansion. It’s got the same sense of irony to it in that a stand up guy gets involved in adultery and all of the horrible consequences that come from that, but the guy doesn’t know when to stop. In the short film he got it, it was quick and dirty and hilarious and effective and shocking. In the longer, The Square, he beats a dead horse and you just get tired of it and you don’t even care about the characters anymore, you just want it to be over because enough already. For The Spider, I give it four stars, the little five minute short film. For The Square, lamentably, I’ll give it two.