Written by J-P Wooding
Director: Quentin Dupieux
Writer: Quentin Dupieux
Starring: Jack Plotnick, Todd Giebenhain, Eric Judor, William Fichtner
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Comedy, Drama
I have to tip my hat to the writer and director of Wrong, Quentin Dupieux. Not because I thought the film was brilliantly shot or acted. In fact, not because anything about it is spectacular – because it isn’t. All of the things normally associated with “movie making” are fine and nothing more. I say: “Well done, Quentin,” because of his boldness. He has made a film exactly as he wanted to and his unique style is certainly apparent throughout.
Wrong tells the story of a man called Dolph (played well by Jack Plotnick) who has lost his pet dog Paul. It takes us on a journey with Dolph as he interacts with a neighbor, his gardener, and his former work colleagues (with whom he still works?) that reveal some truly bizarre, but bold, film making traits of Dupieux. Perhaps, Dupieux designed many components of his film to draw critics and reviewers into attempts at dissecting his reasons for certain scenes given their absurdities: His neighbor denies all knowledge of his keenness for jogging yet he does it, Dolph still goes to work despite being fired there months before; this previous workplace has heavy rain falling within the main office to which the employees are seemingly nonplussed!
These strange interactions are not weird enough to push you away from the tale though as there are some funny moments (which I did feel were a little late coming in). Together with the core of the story (the man just wants to find his faithful friend), I found myself engaged for the length of the movie. Dolph meets the mysterious Master Chang (well portrayed by the dependable William Fichtner) who pushes him further into a forming well of despair but also gives him hope and the answer to where his hound is, and how they can be re-united.
The characters are quite surreal but strangely believable and are played very well, walking a tightrope between complete absurdity and people who you trust are real. I would recommend you watch this film just to see how far some things can be pushed whilst still maintaining an interest from the viewer. You may not know what had just happened after it finishes, but you may want to go back and watch it again. Just to give you an idea of what you’re about to watch, I’ll tell you this: the opening scene is a pretty good depiction of what will follow; not the events, but the fact that the director made the decision to open with it. Try it, or you’ll never know what might have been!