(BY ALI NADERZAD) Director Michael Haneke’s Funny Games starring Tim Roth, Naomi Watts and Michael Pitt was released this Friday. Have you seen it? If not, and especially if you did not see the first Funny Games (1997) by the same director, then you ought to. It’s suspenseful and there’s even a certain brilliance in it, but be prepared for unchecked wickedness. A upper middle-class family of three (played by
This new Funny Games is quite suspenseful, a thriller that, while not as original as its German-language counterpart has the advantage of a memorable cast. Pitt, especially, has a particular penchant for his character. He plays Paul with such gusto that he will leave you breathless. Pitt’s cachet has been rising steadily this past year–Funny Games means he can add another feather in his cap.