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Overstuffed and overextended, The Blazing World is buoyed by the soundtrack (especially the songs by Isom Innis and Sean Cimino in their project Peel), and the too brief appearance by the wonderful Soko.
The Blazing World takes the concept of grief as an ongoing nightmare and jumbles it up in an incoherent horror movie. The cinematography is impressive, but the movie ultimately over-indulges in a lot of nonsense.
The Blazing World is beautifully designed piece of work, with an admirable level of ambition behind its story. However, the filmmaking is so insistent and overstated that it jars one out of the mood of the film.
It's always frustrating when a film with a lot of potential only functions at 50%, as is the case with The Blazing World... The film's hour and a half feels like an elongated short film. [Full review in Spanish]
"The Blazing World" throws an ornate heap of production design at an anemically scripted psychological metaphor, and counts on a combination of fairy dust and sheer determined nerve to make the whole contraption fly.
The Blazing World wants to be Alice in Wonderland on ayahuasca, yet its stronger elements - especially acting and cinematography - are routinely hamstrung by pedestrian storytelling and wonky visual effects.
A messy and often incoherent narrative that takes forever to finally get started, throws in plenty of stylistic fireworks that don't quite disguise the thinness of the story, and then just comes to an abrupt and unsatisfying ending.
There's plenty of imagination on display in The Blazing World, but it's buried amidst the narrative and stylistic self-indulgence that assumes we'll be interested in going on this very strange and ultimately enervating journey.
Resourceful and accomplished in its way, the film nonetheless feels like an affectedly angsty, juvenile princess fantasy that thinks it's Persona. Young demonstrated chutzpah...but next time I hope her talents focus on something less self-indulgent.