By Frankey and Mai
Directed by: Agnieszka Smoczynska
Running time: 1 hour and 32 minutes
It starts weird. Then it gets weirder. Scenes transition in jolting segues, touched by the engaging whimsy of musical numbers. Characters traverse through nonsensical plot progressions with long bowed rationalisations. And occasionally the film takes a strafe that’s difficult to readily comprehend in the moment. But it’s all surprisingly fun.
The Lure takes an alternate approach to Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, and does so with a creative licence that is eccentrically tasteful.
The Lure is a sexualised, disjointed and creepy take on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. The highlight of the movie is the musical numbers done in a whimsical manner yet with an air of darkness that is surprisingly appealing. There is a surrealness in the visuals and filmography that is beautifully dark. The primary disappointment is the lack of flow in scene transition and plot, which is at times twisted and nonsensical. Overall it is eccentric, dark and quite original but is let down by lack of control or restraint in narrative.