August 15, 2009
Last night Clint and I went to see District 9 and I can't get it out of my mind. I have never seen any film like it. It completely took me surprise. I assumed that I was going in for a sci-fi thriller movie (which it is), but it is also this super-creative, thoughtful, realistic commentary on our world. I thought it was incredibly gruesome and bloody, way too much for me. And yet it was an excellent film in the most surprising way. The transformation of the main character (internal and external) was marvelous (although his internal transformation was really just a shred of humanitarian dignity, but it was there). But really amazed me was the way that they moved us emotionally to care about these very slimy aliens who in every way seemed at first more animal than rational. This is a brilliant film. The most creative, intelligent, fascinating blood and guts film ever.