“Wrong” Review: Something’s Not Quite Right

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“Wrong” Review: Something’s Not Quite Right

By Wesley Emblidge

“Do you follow?” asks the mysterious ponytailed Master Chang (William Fichtner) in a scene from “Wrong.” “Not really…” replies the distressed Dolph Springer (Jack Plotnick). That’s a good summation of the conversation I probably would have had with director Quentin Dupieux while watching his new film “Wrong,” except Dupieux probably knows that I don’t follow. Dupieux is best known for his psychotic murderous tire film, “Rubber,” which I really enjoyed for its weirdness alone. In this film Dupieux continues to play in his own distorted world, and makes improvements from “Rubber” but also loses some of what made “Rubber” more than just a weird little movie.

Dolph wakes up at 7:60 one day to discover his dog has gone missing, but after some unsuccessful searching goes about his day as usual. He has a brief discussion with his neighbor, who is about to leave on a trip to the edge of the earth. He and his French gardener (who also happens to be a terrible artist) try to figure out how his palm tree transformed overnight into a pine tree. He goes to work at a travel agency office, where he and all the others sit at their desks working as rain pours from the ceiling. Eventually he gets tangled up with a private detective, a pizza delivery girl and the aforementioned Master Chang, none of whom seem to be leading him towards finding his missing dog.

“Rubber” had a very clear point to supplement and explain its quirks, so clear that the film opens with a man explaining the point to the audience. “Wrong” lacks exactly that, it’s much more focused on just being a fun, weird ride. It’s a simpler movie, as well as much more grounded than “Rubber.” The closest we get to a living tire is telepathy, which doesn’t even play too large a role. That’s not to say the movie isn’t insane or surreal, it’s just a bit more grounded. There’s still plenty of strange things or oddball characters, from a man who constantly shows up to paint people’s cars for free, to the opening scene, which still baffles me, involving firemen, a van and defecation.

It’s easy to know if you’ll like this or not; if you liked “Rubber” or are willing to go for something strange and surreal without expecting logical answers, then you can enjoy “Wrong.” Dupieux isn’t interested in making films that make much sense, and I love him for it, whether I actually fully understand his movies or not.

 

3.5/5 Stars