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High-Rise (Film)

I will say a few things about Ben Wheatley's film adaptation of J.G. Ballard's book.

The first thing to say about High-Rise is that it is a film that bears repeated watching.

The second thing to say about High-Rise  the film is that there is (arguably) little point in comparing the film with the book.

The third thing to say about High-Rise is by way of explaining the second: there is little point in comparing film with book because, in retrospect, it is clear to me that the book is a blank canvas. The story, in fact, is not definitive and whatever one chooses to pain on it by way of colour, background and foreground, etc. is at the discretion of the author. 

The fourth point about High-Rise is that I am not much keen on books, films (any media, it would seem) set in the 1970s.

The fifth thing to say about High-Rise is that Tom Hiddleston is a very good actor.

The sixth thing to say about High-Rise is that it is, essentially, a series of evocative set-pieces with questionable dialogue in between. Not a criticism: an observation.

The seventh thing to say about High-Rise is that women do not come out of it well. Whilst they are not superfluous as such (they are in fact, very necessary to the function of the film), their thoughts invariably as empty as their appears is assuredly decorative.

The eighth thing to say about High-Rise is that many of the characters are intriguing despite the being thinly written.