“The Lure” Review ✦✦✧✧✧

9 September, 2017

Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska
Screenwriter: Robert Bolesto
Director of Photography: Jakub Kijowski
Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska, Zygmunt Malanowicz

Synopsis: Two cunning sirens with beautiful singing voices decide to join a cabaret in the heart of Warsaw, allowing their opposing views on romance and bloodlust to clash while they explore life away from their aquatic home.

The Lure Review:

A mermaid musical for an open-minded audience, “The Lure” allows darkness to prevail, expressing “Dancer in the Dark” vibes as it recaptures the true horrors of Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Mermaid’. Jumbling the story beyond recognition and experimenting with some frankly bonkers Baz Luhrmann-style choreography, the film outwardly suggests clean edits to be a thing of the past, trading smooth transitions for bizarre aesthetic experiments while performing a selection of hypnotic musical numbers.

Envisioned like an illusory dream but performed with an uncontrollable spirit, “The Lure” tests the limits of self-indulgence, using sudden mood changes and erratic lighting to convey instability in a context torn between sheer barbarism and quaint victimhood. Conflicted as its pair of flapping flounders prove to be equally sprightly yet divided by the nefariousness of one sister, the film struggles to find a true purpose, emerging like a mythological creature but achieving very little before it slinks back into its watery abode.

Enlisting the help of plastic fangs and black contact lenses, director Agnieszka Smoczynska tries her best to convey the monster beneath unquestionable beauty but the effect is more absurd than terrifying as slimy tails covered in scales slink onto furniture like icky props while the performers in costume fail to convince as living Barbie dolls with their sex organs purportedly sewn shut by magic. Reaching its body horror peak with the execution of a frankly absurd lower body transplant, “The Lure” struggles to mask the fishy scent running through its short but testing running time, creating a result that’s unique, if not a little too rare for most palettes.


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