American Factory: ** ½
Luce: * ½
Whether it’s Fritz Lang’s M or Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, allegories have always played a prominent role in film history. So it shouldn’t be surprising that many contemporary directors have made films that play as political or economic allegories. Scores of recent films – Beatriz at Dinner, The Shape of Water, Get Out, Isle of Dogs, Us, Transit, and so on – have used the stories of particular individuals to convey larger and more abstract messages about pressing societal issues, such as immigration, inequality, and racism.
In the past month, however, two new releases served as a reminder that such allegories don’t always “work.”