With a trailer that promised surreal, neon-lit landscapes as a backdrop to an unhinged spree of violent revenge, I marked Mandy because the one film I wanted to expertise it doesn’t matter what this yr. I had seen Past the Black Rainbow virtually a decade in the past, so I understood director Panos Cosmatos’ penchant for lovely, cosmic framing and haunting performances. I knew Mandy can be his uncompromising imaginative and prescient. I knew it will at the very least strike out as a cult basic since Nicolas Cage was going to have a chainsaw struggle in some unspecified time in the future. I got here into this film with the very best of expectations, expectations I knew full nicely it might by no means stay as much as.
And it did not. It exceeded each single certainly one of them.