The App is worth watching if:
- All you really care about is watching a movie in its original Italian.
- You like watching bad movies that keep you waiting for them to get good.
- You liked Her so much you want to watch a crappy Italian remix.
The App is not worth watching if:
- You’re looking for believable romance.
- You’re looking for believable science fiction.
- You’re looking for a good movie.
- Kind of fun how the movie will occasionally switch to display the phone’s aspect ratio.
- Everything is weird enough to keep you at least partially interested in what might happen next.
- Competent acting.
- None of it makes any logical sense.
- The stuff that does makes sense is not believable.
- It really is just a far inferior version of Her.
score: 50% CHILLIN
One sentence story summary: While in Rome to shoot his first movie, actor and industrial heir Nick becomes obsessed with a dating app that sends him into a self-destructive spiral.
When I was in middle school and we were tasked with writing a story, I’d get an idea in my head and I’d stick with it, no matter what. Even if I realized things weren’t really making sense, I’d keep going, simply to avoid having to restart and brainstorm all over again. I just wanted to finish it.
I’m not sure if that was the mindset behind the production of The App, Netflix’s fourth ever original Italian drama film, but that’s what it feels like. (Although you can argue the creators didn’t even really come up with the main idea either, since the film seems to take much inspiration from the critically acclaimed Her.)
The movie is weird, which admittedly keeps things interesting early on, as you eagerly await what must be some major twist that explains away the weirdness. But as the film progresses, those feeling of weirdness transitions to feelings of disapproval, as you realize that the movie doesn’t really have much to offer and the weirdness might even be mostly unintentional.
Fortunately the film’s runtime is only 1 hour and 19 minutes, so if you want to practice your Italian, the investment required isn’t huge. The acting and visuals are all decent enough to where the movie is often watchable, but if you’re looking for a good romance, sci-fi, or believable story, this is not The App for you.