Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Personally, I'm a big fan of this movie. Haneke is commenting on the amount of violence we view and how desensitized we all are to it. The two young men are not necessarily depraved and sadistic. They represent anyone who has ever watched an overly violent movie and not flinched, or played a video game where the goal is to kill people and not thought anything of it. These two young men are so desensitized to violence that they can make a sandwich while someone is dying. They represent an exaggerated version of what we could become if we think so little of such gratuitous violence. I've always seen it as a very dark comedy, not just because of the name. The handsome young men committing the ultra violent acts in such a calm manner is supposed to be humorous in its brutality. We're supposed to laugh at the complete detachment of the killers because it's ludicrous to think that anyone could behave in such a manner. The making of a sandwich, the preoccupation with food and wanting to eat, Paul's leisurely jog after Georgie when he escapes. Even the title itself is light-hearted and has a playful sound to it. The entire movie is one anti-climax after another. You know exactly what is going to happen to the family. They are going to die no matter what, as evident in the rewinding of the movie itself by Paul. This predetermined ending frees you as the viewer to see the ridiculousness of it all and to have a good laugh at this spoof of on-screen violence.