“Better to have an enemy who slaps you in the face than a friend who stabs you in the back.” – unknown
This is the kind of movie that really frustrates me. My overall opinion of Bodies Bodies Bodies is that it just wasn’t for me. What’s frustrating is I’m fully aware of why most are finding it to be a positive experience. I know that it’s satire and I know that it’s meant to be viewed from a certain perspective. It’s commentary rather than a celebration of a generation that, as with any generation in its youth, is maybe in the right mindset but unable to properly execute their ideals. As with most things, age equals experience and the characters featured in Bodies are far from fully functioning members of society. To put it bluntly, they’re idiots and I know it’s intentional but I found myself just irritated by them rather than finding anything to laugh about.
That isn’t to say I didn’t find anything redeeming about the movie, this isn’t Spring Breakers after all. While I can say I’m in on the joke, I just didn’t find the “joke” all that funny. It’s sporadically humorous but my chuckles were far outweighed by my disdain for every single character present. It takes the most cliché aspects of Gen Z and exaggerates them to an irreparable extent. Think of the most obnoxious, detestable, overly privileged assholes and contain them to a single location and you can begin to imagine the nightmare likely to ensue.
One thing I had to remind myself of is that despite maybe an inkling of truth to these characters’ word choices and actions, it’s meant to be overemphasized to the point of comedy. I found myself thinking from time to time this is how a lot of these morons actually behave. I think with any group, it’s not really the number of people in the room that you notice first but who’s the loudest. You can have a room of a hundred people and only two of them are yelling; you’re going to notice the two loudmouths more than anyone else. The characters of Bodies Bodies Bodies are the blowhards in the room.
It’s a satirical comedy about the perceived connectivity of a generation that interacts mostly through the cold hardware of an iPhone. This is what happens when you take the screen away and leave nothing but a person inept at basic human interaction. Rather than a graceful sharing of information these shallow youths trauma dump on people they call friends. As we watch them interact with one another we quickly learn they have no concept of the word friend. Bodies is a ninety-minute demonstration of the phrase “with friends like these, who needs enemies.”
It left me frustrated as I said earlier simply because I want to like it. I don’t enjoy hating movies. I feel I have to clarify that because as asinine as it may sound, there are dummies out there that enjoy chopping shit down at the knees for no discernible reason. I understand what its creators are trying to say but so much of my displeasure is simply from a cacophony of annoying characters reminding me how much I don’t like teenagers, even if these particular rejects aren’t in their teens anymore. I’m coming off very curmudgeon right now I know. You are what you are in this world, no use in pretending otherwise.
Okay I didn’t despise this movie so what about it did I actually enjoy? He asked himself (not unlike a crazy person).
From time to time I found myself actually enjoying the inside joke of it all. Most of the time I felt like I was watching it from the outside in. As they say though, even a broken clock is right twice a day. The ultimate reveal is ridiculous in the best way possible, nearly redeeming the entirety of the movie for me. The finale makes you look back on all their decisions and fully begin to realize just how screwed they left themselves and did so needlessly. It comes back full circle to the lack of communication skills beyond a screen.
I think maybe Bodies Bodies Bodies is something I can see myself returning to in the future with a different perspective. I want to see the good in it and while I can understand why most are enjoying it, I have to come to terms with the fact that not every movie is going to be my kind of movie and that’s okay. I went into it with an open mind, that’s the best I can do right now. I feel like I’m in therapy talking to myself and I feel a bit ridiculous. Anyway, ultimately I would say that if you have any interest in this movie, give it a chance. If you respect my opinion maybe take this particular opinion with a grain of salt. I found myself celebrating every time a character bit the big one. I’m not sure that was intended but I certainly found it entertaining. Make of that what you will.
Rated R For: violence, bloody images, drug use, sexual references and pervasive language
Runtime: 95 minutes
After Credits Scene: No
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Peter Davidson, Rachel Sennott
Directed By: Halina Reijn
Out of 10 Nerdskulls
Story: 5/ Acting: 5/ Directing: 6.5/ Visuals: 5
OVERALL: 5.5 Nerdskulls
Buy to Own: No.
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