Joe Lynch is one of those edgy extreme directors stuck in 2003 I just don't like, so I'll pass on that.
The opening of the movie will probably stick with me because it was pretty good. It just ends way too fast.This is a weird ass movie cause I gave the film the same rating as you, but for some reason a few of the scenes have stayed with me and I don't know why. I kind of want to watch it again and see if it has a Climax type reaction to me where it ends up clicking much more on the second viewing and I end up really liking it. I do think Armie Hammer does a good job playing a complete piece of shit.
I have no clue why Dakota Johnson did the movie unless she's a huge fan of the director's previous much better film called Under The Shadow. Her character was so one note and forgettable for someone who's probably the biggest star in the movie. Zazie Beetz got a little more to work with, but it also feels like a role much beneath her.
I've read/heard enough interviews that a large reason why actors take these kinds of roles are mostly to work with a particular director on a project or sometimes to work alongside specific actors if the project is a blockbuster. Never forget that Hollywood is about connections & who you know as much as actual on-screen talent.I have no clue why Dakota Johnson did the movie unless she's a huge fan of the director's previous much better film called Under The Shadow.
Yeah, it's clear she wanted to work with him due to his previous film but that's more what I meant. A lot of directors who have moderate success with a low budget film tend to draw actors for their next project who suddenly want to work with them (see what's his face after Donnie Darko when he got The Rock, SMG, Timberlake for his massive bomb film after). James Gunn is another who went from Slither, which was a well received low budget horror movie to Super (which had Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, and Kevin Bacon) to Guardians where he became a massive name.I think it's more she loved the director's previous film. From some of the projects she picks like A Bigger Splash, Peanut Butter Falcon, and Suspiria, she does have ecclectic taste. Babak Anvari only directed Under The Shadow previously which was a Persian-Iranian indie horror movie so it's not like he had massive hollywood connections. Under The Shadow is a great movie, so I don't blame her.
It probably would've been a better movie if she played the lead scumbag character rather than have it be a guy. There's still not enough movies with female leads playing intentionally detestable characters.