Movies so bad that film festival audiences run out are things you only hear about in movies. Or is it? This Andrew Garfield movie was reportedly so awful that people stormed out of the theater in droves.
But what made it so bad? The Mainstream The film’s trailer shows a simple if not exaggerated story of fame and fortune set against the backdrop of our digital age. But critics have called the movie “grotesque,” prompting us to wonder why this ho-hum premise of a movie offended everyone and their cousin at the Venice Film Festival this year?
Without further ado, let’s dive into the apparent train wreck that belongs to Andrew Garfield Mainstream movie.
What is it about?
Andrew Garfield’s latest film is more like a dark deconstruction of A star is born for the digital age. In Mainstream, Garfield’s character is shown discovering a young woman’s potential and raising her – and more importantly himself – to unimaginable levels of Internet stardom.
The film follows Frankie (Maya Hawke), who films Link (Garfield), who works at a mall in a mouse suit and sells cheese. Link’s hijinks quickly turn him into a viral sensation, and after he allies with aspiring filmmaker Frankie, they blast off to viral stardom with dark secrets waiting to be taken in tow.
Apparently modeled after other well-known, dysfunctional internet collectives (cough, Vlog Squad Mainstream promises viewers a story that peeps behind the curtain of viral stardom and puts a twist on the older than dirt warning fable about getting what you want and the hidden costs of being famous.
“Grotesque and Horrible”
Directed by Gia Coppola, Mainstream promised to be a deconstruction of the YouTuber culture. However, Andrew Garfield’s character was reportedly “the most annoying ever” per Indiewire, that further called his performance in the film “Val Kilmer’s grotesque lovechild Jim Morrison in The Doors and Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker
While annoying vloggers are lifelike, Indiewire wondered how deliberate the over-the-top performance was, which the film’s portrayal of Internet culture went on to call “vapid”. “What’s scary is the extent to which this excruciating film endorses its unpleasantness. We shouldn’t like this poser, right? ”
Other critics were even less nice, with Variety calling Mainstream “A messy, childish sketch of a movie.” Lambasting Coppola’s second movie, Variety did not hesitate to discuss Mainstream’s lower points:
A brittle, irritated satire of celebrity on social media, her second film, like the insipid messiah it creates in Andrew Garfield’s YouTube sensation, quickly becomes exactly what it sets out to expose: a glittering, rattling picture machine that takes little of the produces real substance, except for the conclusion that social media is bad. ”
What’s on the tin
So yes, the trailer is letting us know exactly what’s going on Mainstream: another movie, another curmudgeonly look at how social media is bad 4 u – how it will destroy us all and rot our brains. Booooo!
Variety noted further Mainstreamsimilarities to the classic from the 50s A face in the crowd, warning viewers of the dangers of the newly emerging TV. However, they pointed out that Coppola’s film may have been groundbreaking as Mainstream had emerged half a decade ago – also the mistake of how today’s headlines can become “ yesterday’s meme ” in the blink of an eye.
Variety elaborated further that complicate current events Mainstream‘s message. In a world of reported electoral interference and the internet’s ever-present ‘socio-political discourse’ that often turns toxic, the film’s projected ‘idea is that the greatest damage social media can do is to exploit the insecurities of vulnerable individuals. or the heroism of the ghosts of the occasional mentally unstable loner strikes me as a joke. ”
Old figures of speech, new world
Indiewire further criticized Mainstream for having a predictable plot and themes. By giving the movie a D, they also elaborated on a ‘revealed by the liar’ part of the plot that was sure to fall flat by 2021. Referencing Andrew Garfield’s dark past in the film, they noted:
“Theirs (Coppola & Tom Stuart’s script) is based on the idea that someone could be an Internet sensation, and yet no one would recognize them or find out about their past – even if that past was front page news.” Tongue-in-cheek, Indiewire concluded their review by asking if the protagonist “will find out if her awful boyfriend is awful? Click on ‘Like’ and we’ll tell you. ‘
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