Review: The Blazing World

Title: The Blazing World
MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
Director: Carlson Young
Starring: Carlson Young, Udo Kier, Dermot Mulroney
Runtime: 1 hr 41 mins

What It Is: When Margaret Winter (Young) was a young girl her twin sister was drowned. Now the self-destructive Margaret has returned home to the chaos of her parents Tom (Mulroney) and Alice (Vinessa Shaw). While there she finds herself drawn to an alternate dimension. Drawn in by a mysterious presence (Kier) she’s determined to find out whether her sister is alive in this alternate reality. She’ll have to surpass her own thoughts and her own mind in order to figure out this mystery.

What We Think: Not only is this visually stunning this film grabs you in the beginning and never lets you go. Carlson Young gives a great performance. You’re with her the whole time. Everything in the film seems like a weird fever dream. A malaise falls over and it’s that feeling where the film grabs you and doesn’t let go. This one sticks in your mind and that is because of the well-written and excellently directed script. Perhaps it is the ambition of the entire film that lends to it feeling so refreshing. While it doesn’t always hit on all cylinders it is hitting on enough to make for a unique cinematic experience.

Our Grade: B-, This won’t be for everyone. Let’s get that out of the way right now. Those who are full throttle for a weird, interesting take on the alternate reality thread. Carlson Young is a talent and I cannot wait to see what she does next. If you get the chance check out our interview with her about the film. That and our conversation with Udo Kier. If you’re not subbed to the YouTube channel you should be. Either way, I can recommend this one. It’s a weird and spectacular-looking good time.