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Woodshock

by Greg Vellante
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Friday Sep 22, 2017
'Woodshock'
'Woodshock'  

"Woodshock" is the filmmaking debut of fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, and the result is often as frustrating as the stitches slowly unraveling on a favorite sweater.

The film at first seems confident and strong, but soon devolves into a mess of loosely connected threads and mismatched colors, strutting down a catwalk leading nowhere. In the film, Kirsten Dunst stars as a woman named Theresa, grieving and guilt-ridden after the death of her mother, while simultaneously partaking in a paranoia-inducing marijuana strain laced with a mysterious substance.

There isn't much more worth discussing in terms of plot, as "Woodshock" is far more concerned about capturing the moody atmosphere channeled through its varied themes of grief, guilt, addiction and mental instability. Unfortunately, these overconfident objectives never quite reach their intended marks. Only rarely does "Woodshock" become the existential, daring work it so clearly strives to be, and most of the time the film stands still and, as a result, time seems to stand still with it.

For every moment of bold, visionary filmmaking, there are about five moments of torturous tedium. The film's ennui encircles you like a cancer, which was perhaps what the Mulleavy sisters were going for, but the result is so unpleasantly inert that there isn't much to do aside from shrug.

Technically, the film has some strong moments in photography and editing, and particularly in its soundscapes, but just as equally if not more so the film feels like a '90s-era grunge music video by way of a film student who just discovered the work of Terrence Malick. To put it bluntly, for the most part this film is absolute bullshit.

And I think that's what's so frustrating about a work that aims so audaciously high yet nosedives with spectacular misguidedness. There's a vision here, for sure, but it doesn't quite translate. There's promise for stronger works ahead, provided the Mulleavys are given another chance, and I hope they get it. There's fascination to be found in even the most bafflingly erroneous work, and "Woodshock" certainly had me engaged despite its flaws.

But, in the end, its flaws are what I remember most. And, my word, there are a lot of them.

Woodshock

A haunted young woman spirals into confusion and chaos after she falls under the spell of a potent, reality-altering drug.

Info

Runtime :: 101 mins
Release Date :: Sep 22, 2017
Language :: Silent
Country :: United States

Cast

Theresa :: Kirsten Dunst
Keith :: Pilou Asbæk
Nick :: Joe Cole
Johnny :: Jack Kilmer
Ed :: Stephan DuVall

Crew

Director :: Kate Mulleavy
Director :: Laura Mulleavy
Screenwriter :: Kate Mulleavy
Screenwriter :: Laura Mulleavy
Producer :: Ben LeClair
Producer :: K.K. Barrett
Producer :: Ken Kao
Producer :: Michael Costigan
Executive Producer :: Kirsten Dunst
Cinematographer :: Peter Flinckenberg
Film Editor :: Julia Bloch
Film Editor :: Dino Jonsäter
Original Music :: Peter Raeburn
Production Design :: K.K. Barrett
Costume Designer :: Kate Mulleavy
Costume Designer :: Laura Mulleavy
Costume Designer :: Christie Wittenborn
Casting :: Avy Kaufman


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