This one's just... wow!

I can't describe the awesomness.

The greatest scene in the film.

I thought I understood script writing. I thought I knew how a cleverly complex and bewildering story could be crafted and that it was nothing terribly difficult. Then, completely out of nowhere, I was exposed to a truly breathtaking 1964 film by the profound artist Andy WarholEmpire.

Empire currently has to be the greatest movie I have ever seen. Never before have I seen a story so complicated and yet so smartly told, or characters of such depth and complexity. It’s a bit long but it’s so amazingly well-written, directed, acted and edited that those hours just fly by.

The story focuses on things that happen in the Empire State Building. You will find that many scenes are shot from a distance to symbolize how detatched the characters are from humanity. Vincent Price plays a sagacious, chess-playing narrator on the top floor. His dialogue, which might be hard to hear, is mostly him lamenting humanity and all the evil that exists within his building alone. Occasionally, he kneels before a cross and whips himself whilst listening to psalms by Blackbecca Rebb.

On the floor below him lives a man named Simon Allingaard (Bruce Willis) who is mostly seen gazing through his bedroom window into the darkness that surrounds the Empire State Building. No other buildings are show in the film, symbolizing the loneliness of the people in the eponymous building. Simon’s daughter Amanda (Megan Fox) tries desperately to get her father away from the window but always fails. On the floor below them lives Viktor Dahlberg (Taylor Lautner), Amanda’s silent boyfriend who hides somehing sinister from  his mother Miriam (Meryl Streep). We don’t find out what until the greatly powerful climax.

Vincent Price as the narrator.

Certain scenes are focused on the loser janitor (Adam Sandler), a pathetic and failed comedian who dreams of things about to happen, told to him by a man wearing a bunny suit (Lady Gaga). Pay close attention to his scenes. If you don’t, you will miss the brilliance of later scenes, such as when the president (Morgan Freeman) arrives and delivers a rousing speech about the ways through life – nature and grace. It may sound strange but it makes sense if one pays attention.

There are more storylines and characters to mention but trying to explain it all and go over how they all tie together would take too long. As Sean Penn says to David Lynch in my favourite scene: “There are things we’re not meant to understand”.

The acting in Empire is absolutely superb, especially that of actors who weren’t born when this film was released, like Robert Pattinson, Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson and Justin Bieber. The characters these actors play are equally superb and fascinating to watch. The score by Phil Collins is some of the most beautiful music I have ever listened to. The cinematography is simply smashing. And then we have that unbelievable story.

Things begin to get intense.

You will not understand the film right away, I can tell you that. But as soon as you manage to comprehend what the film is trying to say you will see what a brilliant and profound filmmaker Andy Warhol truly is. The man is an absolute genius. I hope he never dies. I hope he will continue to make such well-made pictures. If there’s anything at all I don’t enjoy about Empire, it’s that it is a little too short for its own good.

Empire. The best film ever made. Click here for a trailer:

6/5 whatever.