Mini Review Forever: Gomorrah
This is a mini review, because I’m stumped as to how I’d categorise this film. It’s clearly not underrated (award winning, big following etc), certainly not schlock and it’s too late for the lists. So, I’m left with a mini review.
Where: Once again, at home.
What is it then? Gomorrah has been hailed as the Italian City of God. It isn’t- it hasn’t the scope of City of God for one thing. Instead Matteo Garrone’s 2008 film, based on Roberto Saviano’s epic account of the Camorra in Naples, arguably the most corrupt and bloodthirsty branch of the mafia, is a grim and unrelenting look at the misery of organised crime in Southern Italy. Naples, by the way, is a complete shithole looking at this.
Worth watching? Well, it’s multi-stranded, and follows 5 main stories. It’s also gritty as all hell. In all honesty, when I was watching it I thought no, but the postscript to the film bought the prior proceedings sharply into focus and I was left thinking “fuck”. It’s certainly worth a watch.
So it’s great then? I didn’t say that. It’s very good, and it’s certainly brutal, but it isn’t a 4 chang film.
Well, what’s wrong with it then? After the opening (which is superb), I didn’t give a fuck about 2 of the 5 strands. When the postscript comes in, and the explanation is given, it makes sense, but while watching it, I was thinking “I don’t give a fuck about you, dressmaker cunt, get back to the two scrotes.”
Anything else: If there’s one word I would use to describe Gomorrah, then it would be “sparse”. It’s shot on mostly hand held, and there’s very little background music. The acting is minimalistic (which makes sense given the subject matter) and as a rule quite good- particularly the lad playing Toto.
Overall: Good fucking film, but only in context. Without the postscript (which is vital), then it would be OK, but the rest of it doesn’t live up to the brutal and outstanding opening. However, I believe that Gomorrah becomes essential viewing with the postscript.
Rating: 3 Changs. A very good film.
Final thought: This isn’t a work of fiction per se, rather Gomorrah is a Docu-drama. Or a Dramentory. One of them anyhow. I can’t think of another way to describe it. It’s also very depressing stuff.
Until next time,