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“Poor Things” review: A technicolor take on oddity and identity

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Eccentrically curious and undoubtedly crude, “Poor Things” is an odd journey of self-discovery that boasts just enough substance amid the psychedelic style to make it a worthy watch. Director Yorgos Lanthimos imbues the film with a sense of adventure that turns an odd movie into a true spectacle, perfectly complemented by stellar performances from Emma Stone and Willem Dafoe. Stone plays protagonist Bella Baxter perfectly, inspiring a weird character with all of her own charm and comedy. There is an admiration in her naivety, confidence in her curiosity, and determination in her journey for answers. Even through the excessive violence, nudity and distractions, “Poor Things” is aided by the boldness in its absurd plot and characters to turn a cold and frankly uncomfortable movie into a delight. While definitely not perfect, the film is a fresh take on the age-old question of identity by relying on a fantastical setting and consistent oddity to entice viewers into Baxter’s peculiar world.

*This film screened at the 59th Chicago International Film Festival

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