Dave’s review published on Letterboxd:
"After we've seen so many copies of something over so many years, we're not all experts who can stand before an original and understand it. It takes our breath away. Therefore, without the existence of copies, we wouldn't understand originals."
-Certified Copy, 2010 dir. Abbas Kiarostami
"The truth is that there is no terror untempered by some great moral idea."
-Jean Luc Godard, "Strangers on a Train," Cahiers du Cinéma (Paris, March 10, 1952).
"the holy trinity of bitches!"
as an emotional send-off to a franchise obsessed with layers and artifice, the final chapter sinks deeper into concepts covered in retribution, making them sacred cinematic totems to revere. hollow religious iconography is abused by umbrella to chop any resistance at its knees - while the ultimate cinematic depiction of a business overlord is shown to intentionally cause disasters for their own benefit. this is a strongly anti fascist and anti corporate film - we see firsthand the ideals held by those with power, money and control. profits over people, inner quarreling over ownership and who has a higher class.
the final chapter embraces the video game medium to an even larger extent than retribution's attention to leveling and progressing; alice is given a time limit, assembles a party and in a late game twist we're told one of them is an umbrella spy, but not which one. there's multiple rug pulling events in reference to identity and purpose, and some jabs at other franchises that have managed to wrestle some critical respect- 'you're fast, but not smart.'. is anderson jealous that fast and furious is (rightly) appreciated by many, but his franchise still hasn't been reappraised? (i'm also a fan of duke nukem 3d's 'doom' and duke nukem forever's 'halo' jabs, so this rings a bell for me.)
not one but two verhoeven references drop in rapid succession - anderson laid all his metacinema cards on the table yet the film, and the franchise at large is still soaring over critics heads. a pious and compassionate work, where the reward of success is humanity and love, from a sentient consciousness no less. we're forever looking forward here - in genre, in text, in film.
thank you paul, and thank you milla. our sternberg and dietrich, antonioni and vitti, godard and karina. the movies would be a far more barren place without you.
"The point here, which I truly believe, is that access to the original is out of reach for many of us. Therefore, we should value and appreciate a copy."
-Abbas Kiarostami, speaking on Certified Copy