The slow-burning mystery from auteur Lee Chang-dong is being praised as a “masterpiece,” and scores and reviews back up these claims.
A day after it’s release in South Korean theaters, Lee’s film Burning has edged its way into the number 2 spot and between two major Hollywood films. Further, the film also recorded the highest-grossing opening ever for a movie by Lee. However, many predict that the film will take the top spot given the rave reviews and scores that continue to pour in.
The reaction across that world towards Burning is extraordinary. On the meta-critic website Rotten Tomatoes, Burning has a 100 percent rating with critic reviews saying that it an “emotionally gripping,” “meticulously calibrated in its ambiguity and that it “reaches a shocking and powerful crescendo.”
Moreover, reviews in the world’s leading media outlets indicate the creation of an unusual masterpiece. The Screen Daily revealed that the film had become the highest-scoring film in the history of the Screen’s Cannes jury grid with a 3.8. Previously, Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann held the position with a 3.7 in 2016. One Screen reviewer described the film as “quietly devastating…a film of wondrous complexity and inscrutability.”
On another note, Burning captured the attention at the Cannes Film Festival with a mysterious and exact style.
Translated by O.C
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