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Woodshock (2017)



Critic Consensus: Woodshock's engages visually, but its half-baked premise is as underwhelming as it is unsatisfying.

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The exquisite feature film debut of visionary fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte), Woodshock is a hypnotic exploration of isolation, paranoia, and grief that exists in a dream-world all its own. Kirsten Dunst stars as Theresa, a haunted young woman spiraling in the wake of profound loss, torn between her fractured emotional state and the reality-altering effects of a potent cannabinoid drug. Immersive, spellbinding, and sublime, Woodshock transcends genre to become a singularly thrilling cinematic experience that marks the arrival of the Mulleavy siblings as a major new voice in film.

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The directors of Woodshock are Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sibling founders of the Rodarte brand. They clearly have an eye for fashion. As filmmakers, they clearly have an eye for fashion.

September 29, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

A baffling and unnecessary third-act coup de théâtre abruptly crashes a comedown from the elaborate high.

September 29, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Kate and Laura Mulleavy ... give everything the hazy feel of a nearly forgotten dream. They have a knack for creating and sustaining a heavy mood, but that mood is overburdened by the questions that surround the narrative.

September 29, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Orbiting her like vague moons are three young men-her concerned husband, her cagey boss at the dispensary, and an adenoidal young admirer-most of whom seemed as puzzled by the situation as I was.

September 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Defiantly inscrutable, "Woodshock" can test a viewer's patience, yet the filmmakers' consistent self-confidence creates an alluring, oddly hypnotic effect.

September 28, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The movie turns you, the audience, into the one person at the party who isn't high.

September 28, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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Dull and monotonous, Woodshock is an artist piece of garbage. The film follows a young woman who struggles with grief and guilt after helping her mother commit suicide. There's no real story, rather it's more a series of vignettes of psychedelic images. Also, there's not that much dialog; offering very little to establish who the characters are and their relationships. Instead of using a conventional narrative, writing/directing team Kate and Laura Mulleavy focus more on conveying the emotional journey of the character by using evocative imagery. But without compelling characters or a story, Woodshock is just a jumbled mess.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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Woodshock is the cinematic equivalent of wandering around the house, stoned, looking for keys. That's not just a metaphor, there are multiple sequences in this film of Kirsten Dunst just wandering aimlessly through a house, stoned, looking for things, fiddling with stuff, then getting more stoned. At least she moves though, the other characters just stand in place or sit there looking sad. One would think it's a modern Reefer Madness done in homage to Twin Peaks. As cool and funny as that might sound, it's fairly insufferable the first hour. The acting is just terrible, not as much from Dunst, but definitely from Pilou Asbaek (who some might recognize as Uncle Urine from Game of Thrones) and Joe Cole (who was rightfully given a less substantial role in Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room). As for the plot, the semblance of it is as follows. Dunst and Asbaek work at an experimental marijuana dispensary, they've developed, or at least solicit, a powerful hallucinatory cannibinoid strain that plays with reality and may lead to death. Dunst's boyfriend is Cole, a lumberjack. Multiple dreams/fantasies/hallucinations ensue. So here's, like, my analyzations, or thoughts or whatever about it. Everybody either cuts down trees or smokes and sells trees dude. Lotsa doobage, but it's totes depressing bro. I think that that's, like, probably, like, the deeper meaning, or whatever. Like, lighting up a joint and getting high is like getting shocked by wood, like trees, tree wood, man. Getting high is weird. Wood is weird. And the main lady's name, Theresa, it's like, trees...uh. She's high. Get it? I know, right? Stay with me. Okay so, like, the movie starts and she's, like, sparkin' up a J with her mom, and her mom totally croaks, and she's sad. Death's a bummer. Then her coworker is like "You look like your mom". And she's, like, tripping all the time. You can't tell if she's like stoned, or awake, or dreaming, but her BFs like, "You gotta take care of yourself". But what if the stuff with the BF is, like, a flashback, and all the stuff with her coworker dude is, like, right now after her mom died, and then, like, the whole movie is her remembering her life disjointedly while her mind is, like, decomposing from doing the killer weed shit that killed her mom. Shit's deep, dude. I'm guessing that the critically acclaimed fashion sisters, directors Kate and Laura Mulleavy, saw Lars von Trier's Melancholia and thought, "I bet we could make a trippy, depressing movie too, right after we get done designing the latest fall line for Target."

K Nife Churchkey
K Nife Churchkey

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