Some people enjoy movies that explain every plot point clearly and answer every question the viewer asks along the way. Me is not one of those movies. Director Jefery Levy takes viewers on the bizarre journey of a Hollywood director making a reality television show that stars her eccentric friend; but here’s the catch: her eccentric friend is a delusional millionaire that believes he’s already been starring in his own reality show for years. Welcome to the wonderfully strange world of the film’s main character, Levy.
Within the opening few minutes, viewers are aware an unusual journey awaits them. We immediately meet Susan (Susan Traylor) and Levy (played by the film’s director, Jefery Levy), the two main characters in the film. Levy explains to Susan that the ratings for his fictional reality show are down, and he needs Susan to write, direct and produce his new season to give the ratings a boost. This gives Susan a brilliant idea: what if she makes an ACTUAL reality show starring Levy living out his fictional reality show? She casts several quirky characters to play various roles in Levy’s life, such as the love interest and maid, and films it all, capturing Levy’s actual reactions to staged events. She aptly titles the show, Me: The Show. Throughout the film, however, Susan gradually begins to think of herself as the shows main attraction which leads to its eventual demise. The ending, without giving any spoilers away, is left open to the viewer’s interpretation; some people will appreciate the open ended-ness, others will not.
The entire movie has a very eccentric feel to it. The vivid colors make it feel like an acid trip much of the time; wavy dream sequences and cartoony special effects come into play often. The camera work is especially effective; you can tell every shot was precise and well thought out, with symmetry playing a key role in most of them. Quick jump cuts leave the viewer on their toes constantly, tossing them into surreal scenes without warning. The almost nonexistent soundtrack contains only sporadically haunting violin chords and canned laughter peppered in on occasion to give the movie a “television show” feel.
Me continues to intrigue the viewer after every weird avenue it turns down. You can’t help but take interest in Levy due to his over-the-top insanity. Could this movie be partly autobiographical for director Jefery Levy? Only he knows. But if so, then that makes it all the more weirder. If you want to spend an hour and a half suspending reality to take a journey into the outlandish, Me helps you to do just that.
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