Impolex: A Lot of Mumbling at the End of This Rainbow
Impolex (2009) is a DIY nano-indie shot entirely in the Vermont woods, and for a few minutes you think youve got your mitts on another filmmaking-as-preteen-make-believe launch into the void, somewhere between the Kuchars and Flooding for Love With the Kid. But hold on: Alex Ross Perrys film starts dropping clues that its got bigger dreams, as the World War IIsuited hero Tyrone (slackjawed Riley OBryan) searches aimlessly for toy V-2 rockets in whats supposed to be the forests of northern Europe, and occasionally gabs with a (very real) octopus draped over a log. Thats right, Perry has fashioned a telescoped version of Thomas Pynchons Gravitys Rainbow, complete with ubiquitous bananas, a handmade tarot deck, missions beyond the zero, tales of the Kenosha Kid!, a V-2 numbered 00000, and so onthe allusions peppered amid the drowsy heros meanderings, naps, and cryptic conversations with dreamy strangers (including a nagging femme named Katje). Poking at the 20th centurys densest and nuttiest American mega-novel with the skinniest of sticks, Perrys movie is a bit of a sleepwalknothing much happens, as if it were a daydream the iconic Tyrone Slothrop had between lines in the novels Zone chapters. This quality, of course, can only be appreciated if you dont let guileless amateurishness, or chronic mumbling, ruin your evening.
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