Reviewed byPaul AllaerVote: 3/10/10
"Woodshock" (2017 release; 100 min.) brings the story of Theresa. Asthe movie opens, we see Theresa taking care of a woman we later learnis her mother. Theresa, upon her mother's request, gives her a spikedjoint to smoke. Later, when we see the room empty, we understandTheresa is grieving for the passing of her mom. Meanwhile, we get toknow Nick, Theresa's boyfriend, and Keith, Theresa's colleague at themedical marijuana dispense store. At this point, we are 10-15 min. intothe movie, but to tell you more of the plot (as it is) would spoil yourviewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it allplays out.
Couple of comments: this movie is co-written and co-directed by thesisters Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy, who are respected fashiondesigners without any prior film-making/directing/writing experience. Iadmit that I knew very little about the movie going in, other than itstarred Kirsten Dunst in an indie movie about someone grieving. Thatsounded it might be in the realm of "Melancholia", so sign me up! Fromthe opening moments of "Woodshock", it all feels quite "artsy" and youare left on your own to figure out what is going on. I have absolutelyno problem with that, and figure that if the movie is good, this willsort itself out at some point. Here we are left wondering, andwondering, and wondering Things play out on the big screen and at onepoint you hope to be emotionally involved and invested. I couldn't havecared less about any of these characters, whose random scenes left meutterly unmoved, if not bewildered. There are a couple of plus points,including the at times gorgeous scenery (when Dunst goes walking amongthe sequoia trees, etc.), and of course Dunst herself. She tries herbest, although looking equally lost as we are, and in vain looking forclues (at one point literally, as she searches her house top to bottomfor what exactly?).
"Woodshock" opened this weekend at my local art-house theater here inCincinnati, and I couldn't wait to see it. The Friday matinée screeningwhere I saw this at was attended poorly (just a handful of people).About 30 min. into the movie, I mumbled to myself "what's going onhere?", and the guy seated a few rows before me turned around and said"you and me both!". This will give you an idea as to the state ofaffairs in "Woodshock". I honestly cannot recommend this movie in goodconscience to anyone, but of course encourage you to check it out inthe theater (although I cannot imagine it will play more than a week ortwo, tops), on Amazon Instant Video, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, anddraw your own conclusion.
A haunted young woman spirals in the wake of profound loss, torn between her fractured emotional state and the reality-altering effects of a potent cannabinoid drug.