Ok, i'll start off by saying that I liked it. Quite a bit. Let's just get that out of the way.
Southland Tales is complex. Very
complex. But it feels like it's supposed to be. It's not about a few characters doing things, it's about a Crapsack World
that is rapidly getting worse, and follows many people in interwoven plots. At first, you'll be thinking and figuring it out. Then, you'll notice a whole lot of stuff that wasn't there before. Well, it was, but it was hidden within other stuff. Like I said, it's complex.
There are some very strange parts, but then again, it's a very strange film. Although they either start making sense a little later, like the Car ad, or they're full of symbolism, like the Musical drug-induced dream. The film is at least in some sizeable part, about issues, both social and political. It's reminiscent of a political House Of Leaves
. I personally find that pretty awesome, but there is no way on earth that it's for everyone. There are also a lot of things to be read into it. Seriously, watch the film without knowledge of the book of Revelation or a commentary, and the contemplation will be more than plentiful.
One thing I could've done without was the all-star cast. Although despite Donnie Darko
being written on the dvd cover, the film
certainly needed it.
The ending was - odd - but also nicely done. The end of the world conveyed all it had to convey, and some line about those who don't commit suicide. It wasn't all explosions and montages. It had those, some pretty ok ones, but there was more to it. Basically, if you're looking for a blockbuster flick, choose something else. If you tend towards the analytical, you might enjoy it. Then watch it once more for a little more clarity