I recently watched Poor Things, Yorgos Lanthimos´ latest film starring Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe (a big favourite of mine) and Mark Ruffalo. The script was adapted from Alasdair Gray’s 1992 novel, offering a funny and explosively inventive spin on Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” I wanted to highlight it on Funga because the whole film feels like a surreal fantasy, with very psychedelic backdrops and invites audiences into a cinematic wonderland.
Stone’s character, Bella Baxter, evolves from a speechless blank slate to the ultimate self-made woman. The film’s period is intentionally ambiguous, distorted by fisheye lenses and a subversive storyline.
Stone’s performance is truly a highlight, as is Mark Ruffalo’s (I was laughing all the way through). The film’s eccentric score by Jerskin Fendrix and the creative work of the design teams also contribute to the incredible experience. The production set-up, including quirky costumes and opulent details, turns “Poor Things” into an endlessly fascinating carnival of oddness. I highly recommend this incredible psychedelic film!