Hunger commentary

As part of my Michael Fassbender movie watching, I watched the movie Hunger today while on the tredmill, which, at it's most basic level, is about the 2nd hunger strike by IRA prisioners in Belfast.

And, first off, let me just say that Hunger is a deeply disturbing movie. Deeply moving, highly evocative, intensely visual, and darkly subtle. Save for the 17 minute conversation in the exact middle of the movie, all the dialogue that occurs could probably fit on 2 pages. If that. It makes no bones about what it is, no exuses, no apologizes. It paints no one side as better than the other, or anyone as being in the right or even right at all.

I don't know if it's possible to like a movie like Hunger. It was very, very good though, and filled me with such intense emotion that, had my father not come home the almost the very instant I finished it, I imagine I would've curled up in a ball and cried until I managed to process some of it. As it is, I think my breath was shaky with bottled emotions - my very veins thrumming with it - for the entire 15min dad was here, and then again for some time after. The end result has left me as somewhat weepy and physically tired.

if I'd the money, I think I'd buy the movie off iTunes right now, if only to have the experience again at a later point.

Hunger is brilliant, deserving of all it's awards and more, and, quite possibly, the darkest thing I've ever seen. On some level, it's vaugely reminesent of V for Vendetta, though, cinematically, the closest thing I've seen to it is Girl with a Pearl Earing, which is really nothing like it in tone at all. If I knew how to, I'd praise it more. But, since I don't, I'm just going to say oh my god and leave it at that.
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