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I saw A Cure For Wellness today. Big, beautiful looking, seriously creepy, bloated at 2 hours and 26 minutes, but worth seeing. Part Shutter Island, part The Shining, and a little One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for good measure.

If you liked Crimson Peak's gorgeous visuals and it's B-movie weird melodrama, you'll like this one, although it's a lot more "out there" and mysterious. I do think plotwise it could have been a good 45 minutes shorter, but I did enjoy seeing every minute of what was going on onscreen, so I'd be hard pressed to say what should be cut. The whole thing is very much hallucinogenic nightmare material, and I mean that as a compliment.

I can see why this movie has divided many critics, there's a lot of flaws here to pick on--it's too long, the visuals are probably overdirected, it's basically a B-movie plot, much of it is familiar despite its strangeness--but the movie succeeds within its own terms. You just have to be willing to go along for the ride and prepare to be sitting and scratching your head for a while.

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