Movie Review: (drama) “My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done” (2009)

December 10, 2010 at 3:46 am (movies)

  Hmm. I think I might be going to hell in a handbasket for laughing so much during a movie about a guy who kills his mother with a sword. But it was FUNNY!

You either like Werner Herzog or you don’t. If you don’t, skip this one, it’s him at h…is weirdest. There’s not a lot of action in this movie, there’s lots of dialog–but it’s all wonderful.

Michael Shannon! Hell yeah! I absolutely love that guy as an actor. (No relation. At least I hope he’s no relation, because I think he’s kinda hot.) His character, Brad, swings between being wildly entertaining and funny, and just downright scary.

Poor guy. This is one of those cases where people would say he just snapped. WELL I don’t think that’s quite the case. Brad has been smothered by his mom since he was 2. She wants him to be her 6′ 4″ 30-something baby.

In fact, almost everybody wants something from Brad. His whitewater rafting buddies want him to be just like them. (The scene where he tells them off is classic.)

Lee, the director of a play Brad was in, wants him to behave and get his lines right. He doesn’t seem to care that the guy is batsh*t crazy. (Lee is played by one of my all-time favorite actors, Udo Kier.)

Brad’s girlfriend (The always delightful Chloe Sevigny) wants Brad to go back to “normal” and be her fiancee. She doesn’t seem to get that he never was normal, and for weeks after his rather obvious psychotic break, she pretends there’s nothing wrong with him.

At least eccentric Uncle Ted (The unbelievably awesome Brad Dourif) doesn’t seem to want anything from Brad. He has some of the funniest, most offensive lines in the movie.

There’s no gore. You don’t see the crime. The humor is very dry, but I laughed out loud several times. If you like Herzog or stylized cinema in general, check it out.

-Rated R
-4 out of 5 stars
-Grownup movie. Probably boring to most teens.

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