Reasons Why You Should Go Watch Looper Right Now
1. It does that delicious thing where the future is like today, only worse, but not ostentatiously, Johnny Mnemonically different. And it goes through the day-to-day of the future without being overly explanatory. For example, the drug of choice in the future is ingested via eyedrops. No voiceover explains what it is or how it works, or even what people call it. Because there’s no need to. (There is a voiceover that comes and goes but I wasn’t too annoyed, which is saying something because I really hate voiceover and I think it’s lazy.)
2. Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He’s got such a nice smile, and is a great actor. He talks just like Bruce Willis. (I kind of enjoyed how they sculpted his face to look like Willis, but in all the closeups you could see the pancake makeup on him).
3. It doesn’t do what you think it’s going to do. As far as the looping stuff. And it doesn’t rush to a violent climax just because that’s what movies do. It doesn’t end with one long explosion boom boom crunch screech chase, but intercuts the violence with a thought out plot acted by characters with plausible motivations.
4. It answers the time travel question of: but doesn’t it change stuff? With: yes. And no. So it’s more about accepting the mutability of things than explaining hard and fast rules. I’m sure there are plot holes, and I don’t care/
5. Paul Dano being a wobbly-voiced fuckup.
6. It feels entertaining but it has weight behind it. It’s long, but just long enough.
7. A four year old kid with the cutest chubby cheeks and some really great acting chops.
8. People’s motivations were not only plausible, but changed during the movie as their characters rethought themselves, like real people!
9. The script successfully incorporates the term “blunderbuss” into its worldbuilding.
10. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s wardrobe.
Tessa’s post-Looper reading suggestions, in no particular order.
Parable of the Talent & Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
The Only Ones by Aaron Starmer
I’m guessing… Philip K. Dick, although I haven’t read any of his books (yet).