However, straight after my initial gasp of surprise, cynicism set in. This constant shock factor pursuit is getting a bit tiresome for me. I’m not entirely sure what they are trying to achieve with this latest project. Last time I checked Shia was a relatively credible movie star who doesn’t need any extra exposure (see what I did there) despite his claims that he wants to do this to push himself as an actor. The idea seems artistically barren - isn’t this just porn masquerading as a ground-breaking indie film?
I anticipate many people won’t want to see this film for its artistic credentials (whatever they may be) but more for the controversy surrounding the project. In the same way some of us are guilty of flicking through 50 Shades of Shite – sorry, I mean, Grey – in a bid to join in with everyone else, or like the time I had a browse online at ticket prices to see Equus on stage in London for no other reason than the possibility of seeing Daniel ‘Harry Potter’ Radcliffe naked. Oh, come on, like you weren’t a little intrigued too.
I’m very well aware that sex sells, but so far I’m just confused as to what La Boeuf and Von Trier’s point is in making this film. Is leaving something, anything, to the imagination a lost art?