“Observer” has a good topic, but a bad story Arts and entertainment

Are moviegoers astute voyeurs looking into the fantasy lives of fictional characters through the prism of the movie screen? This is the question that Chloe Okuno’s first feature film, The Observer, is trying to answer. What the audience has to go through to identify with the protagonist is another hypothesis.

“Watcher” is a slow-burning film that doesn’t have to burn at all, as the performance time is filled with meaningless contradictions of character and plot. Watching Watcher is boring rather than fun, as you will find that you watch your watch more than the screen.

The film is about an American named Julia, portrayed by Mother Monroe, who moves to Romania with her boyfriend Francis to get a job promotion. It is a fish outside the water and has problems adapting to its new environment due to the language barrier that causes its isolation.

She begins to notice the unpleasant feeling that someone is constantly watching her through the large window of her apartment, until the idea of ​​closing the blinds does not cross her mind until she notices that she is being watched. Her fears are heightened when she learns of a serial killer beheading local women while returning home one night with Francis. She begins to suspect that it may be this mysterious man who is constantly watching her through her constantly open window.

The film then begins at a clumsy pace with this setting finally introduced. We don’t even know what Julia and Francis are doing in Romania for an hour in history.

The main problem with The Observer is how Okuno portrays his victim on hold. Julia is often the one who is seen stalking the man she thinks is the one at the window. The man from the window doesn’t actually do anything that could be interpreted as dangerous, except the horrible act of watching her, which, of course, is the meaning of the film.

Female intuition is seen as something like the gospel, and believing women, when expressing their worries or fears, are paramount in real life. The problem is that in this fictional world, her fears are completely unfounded from everything seen in the film, except for her intuition. We should identify a failure in the men in her life due to their lack of confidence in her worries, but this message brings out only through the actions of the writer, not the characters in the story. Without spoiling the plot, it’s like how a writer can simply say through a story that a character is intelligent, without even showing how intelligent he is.

Julia’s fears are justified, not because of what we see on the screen, but rather because of what ultimately happens because of where the writer takes the story. The men in her life are not careless or unbelieving; they just have to accept the facts on the issue of real value.

The unbearably slow pace of the film doesn’t help either. Instead of the tense, tense, and chilling moments of this aforementioned observer acting predatorily, we see Julia fueling most of the conflict while the man at the window is simply trying to spend his day. This makes the pace of the film feel like we’re repeating moments of boring interactions instead of witnessing chilling series.

Things are not helped by the fact that much of the language is spoken in Romanian without subtitles. This was probably done to help the audience put themselves in Julia’s place as an isolated foreigner, but it means that the long parts of the film are devoid of any understandable dialogues, unless you speak Romanian.

The actor who plays Francis, Carl Glusman, gives a dry play that also breaks the tension with his soft pass. Overall, The Observer is a film that suffers from omnipotent screenwriters imposing their admirable message through an ending that doesn’t feel deserved, especially when you have to watch a slow-moving, poorly played story that presents this laudable theme.

– “Watcher” has an R rating and is shown at Marquee Cinemas, Galleria 14, in Beckley.

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