There has been endless debate about the merits and failures of both of Michael Haneke’s Funny Games films; reviews of the original praised its striking originality in its critique of cinematic violence yet the American remake seems to have flown over the heads of most American reviewers. Since the narrative of both films is basically the same, critiques of the films have been along the same lines: the motiveless nature of the two intruders actions, the lack of character development of the main protagonists and the ultimately alienating effects of Haneke’s direct address techniques. While these are valid comments, I feel they miss the point to a certain extent, and that a more overarching theme of both films is a contemporary crisis of masculinity.

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