“Annihilation” director Garland takes audiences on another surreal journey that is “intense”, “mysterious” and “challenging,” early viewers say.
Alex Garland’s new movie “Men” is shown to reporters ahead of Quinzaine’s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and its May 20 release from A24, and the first reactions will come. See a roundup below.
After directing FX’s sci-fi series “Devs,” Alex Garland is back in the world of “Annihilation” – the mind-blowing horror with his latest movie.
Academy Award nominee Jesse Buckley plays Harper, a young widow who rents a secluded vacation home in the English countryside amid guilt over the death of her husband (Papa Isidu), an apparently suicide. Meanwhile, she can’t stop seeing the face of Rory Kinnear as every town-dweller’s innkeeper and chasing her every step. What does it all mean?
While the feedback avoids spoilers, there’s definitely enough here to bite in terms of learning what Garland has in store.
“Garland’s MEN is a bit like Malik’s transition from the thin red line to the Tree of Life. Don’t expect a tough sci-fi vision, just expect a vision: an intensely surreal twist on the Final Girl story. It will lead us to more questions than answers but theories abound,” Eric Kohn wrote. From IndieWire.
“I will say this to Alex Garland’s half-formed but utterly intriguing men, which come a lot closer to the ambiguity of annihilation than the speech’s title might suggest: it is rare to see a film that evokes Richard Curtis and Lars von Trier at nearly the same scale,” wrote David Ehrlich.
The upcoming A24 movie and Garland’s third feature is “a horror film about a sense of horror” or, simply, “a ghost story,” as the director told Entertainment Weekly.
“In my opinion, a movie like ‘Men’ is connected to a movie like ‘Annihilation,'” Garland told EW. “Men” is a gut-level movie. I’m proud of Ex Machina, I really love it, but it’s a thought movie. Men are not, I suppose.
Garland continued, “When I say it’s a slightly aggressive movie, that’s what I mean: It’s coming for the viewer. It’s a nice movie at times, there’s a lot of silly humor in there, but it’s also a bit late.”
In the interview, he asserts that, per the title, sex is actually being explored through what viewers call a surreal popular horror film.
“It comes a lot, in different ways,” Garland said. With ‘Guys’, I was kind of thinking, ‘Fuck, I’m going straight to this. Perhaps it is so with the ‘men,’ instead of running under them, sitting there on the roof.
He added of the independent film, “I’m in my early fifties and my main problem with the movie tends to be boredom. I kind of feel like I know where this is going, I feel like I’ve seen this or that sequence of events play out an incredible number of times. I hope to disrupt that a little “.
Garland’s MEN is a bit like Malik’s transition from the thin red line to the Tree of Life. Don’t expect a hard sci-fi vision, just expect a vision: an intense surreal twist on the Final Girl story. It will lead to more questions than answers, but theories abound. https://t.co/k16PW87KLw
– Ericon (@erickohn) May 2, 2022
I will say this to Alex Garland’s half-problem but wholly intriguing men, which come a lot closer to the mystery of annihilation than the speech’s title might suggest: it’s rare to see a movie that almost evokes Richard Curtis and Lars von Trier. equal scale.
– David Ehrlich (@davidehrlich) May 2, 2022
Alex Garland’s MEN will be more than just a conversation starter than ANNIHILATION or EX MACHINA, but I suspect there will be much less agreement about what happens. It’s intense, opaque, hard, and visceral as hell. At the very least it will make people angry. pic.twitter.com/ao19AhN6w6
– Tasha Robinson May 2, 2022
Alex Garland’s MEN is, of course, psychologically terrifying but more entertaining than expected thanks to the versatile Rory Kinnear. Jesse Buckley continues to admire. Clearly structured and objective layers with an unforgettable final sequence. So much to absorb in just one view. pic.twitter.com/bf10Jg7nuk
– Matt Neglia (@NextBestPicture) May 2, 2022
Guys: Alex Garland’s Most Nudeed Horror Movie, And Also His Weirdest. A surreal popular horror movie that starts out as a disturbing thriller about a home invasion and gets weirder (and weirder) from there. loved it?? The fans will hate it!
– Huai Tranbui May 2, 2022
You have seen Alex Garland’s new movie MEN. It is his most abstract and primitive film to date. Removing the sci-fi veneer from Garland’s previous work reveals that he is in fact the most talented surrealist director working today. The men’s ending is also weirder than the ANNIHILATION ending. pic.twitter.com/1FNStblELz
– Jake (@jacobkleinman) May 2, 2022
Men isn’t my favorite Alex Garland movie, but it certainly expands its impressive streak making complex, groovy, multi-layered stories that’ll have you in your head for days. The finish is definitely a jaw-dropper, and it does some lustrous horror on the body. #men pic.twitter.com/hS4OqCt8qC
– Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) May 2, 2022
Alex Garland’s MEN’s MEN is definitely polarizing. Provocatively in execution, Garland is once again unafraid to take risks, with unforgettable physical moments of terror. Tweet embed This is mind burnt. Jesse Buckley and Rory Kinnear make it hard to look away from the screen. # Movie pic.twitter.com/XaXbUSHX8f
– Sarah Musnicky (@sarahmusnicky) May 2, 2022
He’s always been a fan of Rory Kinnear, but what he’s doing starring in Alex Garland’s MEN—he’s played about 500 roles (slight exaggeration), all scary or turbulent in their own way—is next level. pic.twitter.com/7DBKtg37ia
– Kevin Polloy (@djkevlar) May 2, 2022