this are element put in the movies just for that, i mean the idea is that you separate yourself from the movie. Haneke don't want tension or that you build simpathy toward the characters, so he (like Godard in the 60's) is putting that kind of elements to remind you that this characters are fake and the ideas in the movie are what matters. Not that always agree with this, but in this case works
Even more i don't think Funny Games has a climax at all (like all the Haneke movies) is just analysis, analysis, analysis, and more analysis. And the critic against violence and Capitalism is POWERFUL
I always saw Funny Games as a Nihilistic movie, and in that sense it had an anti-climax (they just dump Naomi Watts out of the boat in a "blink and you'll miss it" moment). They did tease a climax, but that was taken away with the 4th wall stuff which was Haneke's point and I get that.
I think that the movie would've worked just as well as a pure psychological thriller without Haneke challenging the viewers and toying with them. It did work in a way, but it also broke me out of my suspension of disbelief, something I didn't want to do when watching it (again, Haneke's point, but still).
I'll concede to Funny games being a great movie in it's own right, and you have to admire the director for breaking taboo's and taking chances. It wasn't meant to be a horror movie, but it ends up being one of the most frightening movies in recent memory (both of them). The slow burn pacing is well built throughout.
Originally Posted by AlienBountyHunter
Yeah good call about the boy, I went back and watched that scene again and that truly is superb.
Just looked him up, his name's Devon Gearhart. Not really been in anything else, but he was in Changeling which I thought was a great film. (The 2008 one with Angelina Jolie, not the 1980 horror film. Although that is good as well).
the 1980's Changeling is actually one of my favorite horror movies of that decade, and it's severely underrated.