If anyone’s wondering, Matrix bugs Ina because Ina always gives an entertaining reaction and not because Matrix holds a grudge against her. Also, Ken and Yori could totally bromance over swords if Ken weren’t such an antisocial dude.
We saw Ex Machina tonight and it was GREAT. I just want to dump some non-spoilery thoughts here. I’d have to say what really impressed me with the film was how it so clearly defined each character’s point of view and illustrated how those views clashed. There’s one scene where the CEO character, Jay, shows his house guest, Kaleb, a video that Kaleb had previously only seen without audio. With audio Jay was certain it was a convincing argument of a point he was making, and yet Jay only saw it as further cementing his own point of view as the correct one. I super geek out at character development like that. Manipulation of points of view feels to me like the heart of great story telling, when you can absolutely understand multiple characters’ motivations and reasoning and be in total suspense when those motivations clash. For me, a story often falls apart when the motivation make little sense, but Ex Machina nails it, so I’m just gonna recommend this movie, yeah.Published on by Alex Kolesar