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I wanted to like this, but.........
on 13 April 2007
After the failure of the King of Comedy, Scorsese needed to become inventive and became part of the 80s parade, which was his only way of encouraging people to look at his often hard-hitting and controversial pieces.
Produced by David Geffen and funded by his own company, The Geffen Company. After Hours was born.
Paul works in an office and when in a bar late at night, meets a girl who wants him to come over to her place. Problem, is this is where the nightmare begins..........
Scorsese's direction emphasised New York's dark abandoned hideaways, the dirt, the flith and an entrepreneur yuppie obbessive society. This is credited as a semi-indie underground work. After Hours seems to be a very weird piece, where it seems Paul is sacrified by giving into strangers he doesn't know, a string of others follows and he cannot think straight nor know properly how to escape the situation. Neno plays a big part, it is striking to the eye, the flashy colours also indicate a place of comfort, warm and safety, a place for redemption.
I wanted to like After Hours, but the film is tugged along, too many things happen at once and it is "very" difficult to keep up or even understand. After Hours is rather tedious because of this, as well as the material becoming patchy once half away through and the entertainment value slowly loses it's value. After Hours also looks very dated nowadays and i'm very surprised nobody on amazon has brought this up, which is probably another reason why my viewing was disturbed. It's odd, maybe too odd for someone like me. A middle of the road film that doesn't quite click.
I will however not critise what Scorsese has done here, this is "still" misunderstood and is best suited as a good study aid into how people see relationships, fear and redemption for their film studies courses at University.