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  • Amir Steklov

Oldboy - (2003)

Director: Park Chan-wook.


In my recent review of Tár I said I liked it although I hated its ending. I didn't like Oldboy although I liked its ending.


The final act, and ending of a movie is the most important part, it's what most people remember and judge a film by.

- Can a mediocre film become a "masterpiece" just because of 2 scenes at the end?

- Can a great film become rubbish because of a bad ending?

Yes and Yes.


I'm not going to argue against the importance of a good ending. In my own films the endings are as strong as I can make them, but I try to build up towards it, not to over compensate - in the case of Oldboy, over bad writing and directing of the 2nd act.


Verdict: 3 / 5 ★ - Not as good as I was expected it to be.



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