Many of my favorite films qualify as "live action cartoons"
Posted by Pugeye on May 1, 2018, 11:02 am, in reply to "I generally liked it"
so that's definitely not a dealbreaker for me, but only when it's done *well*. I'm not saying it's impossible to make a cartoony film with such a bleak premise but this film basically tried to have it both ways and failed miserably. Cartoony or not, we're still supposed to believe it's taking place in the real world but almost none of the characters seem like real people and practically none of the interactions between them ring true. Its cartoonishness was self-conscious in a way that reminded me of Anderson at his most insufferable, that's why I made the comparison (not to say he's incapable of making a good crime film- I know "Mr. Fox" is considered one of his best and have been meaning to see it for awhile).
However the crotch kicking scene was supposed to play out, it was ridiculous and not in a good way. Someone throws a can of soda, and she goes from student to student asking who did it and kicking them in their crotches? Did she suddenly transform into a "Sopranos" character? If nothing else, it was yet another scene where you're reminded that you're watching a movie, because nothing about it seems genuine.
Sure, the ending "subverted the standard expectations" but in the most gimmicky, least creative or plausible way imaginable. And the ambiguity just makes McDonagh seem like a giant pussy in addition to being a bad writer. I actually think it was in keeping with the rest of the film though, unlike Matt, who seems to think the rest was tolerable but the ending caused it to go off the rails.