Lolita (1962) – Sex Ed Without The Sex

Lolita

Anyone who’s been on the internet long enough knows about the subcultures of anime that gives the Japanese animated medium of storytelling a bad name. Your choices can range from the weird to the fucked up but what could be considered to be the most well-known yet infamous one is Lolicon (or Loli for short), which can be summarized as anime influenced pedophilia. As fucked up as the subgenre is, it’s interesting to note that the romanticization of being a creep who jerks off to twelve year olds is considered to be a reference to the influential Russian novel LOLITA.

Being the movie obsessed loser I am and in what can only be described as a mad fit of curiosity, I watched the Stanley Kubrick adaptation of the novel just to see where the hell these anime perverts drew inspiration from and in classic internet fashion, everything told in the original story and subsequent film adaptation/s was misinterpreted in order to justify a bunch of sick desires that involve twelve year old girls and a bedroom. Instead of being a self-insert story starring an uncharismatic dude and a bunch of girls who are attracted to his lack of personality as seen in almost every school-set anime made in recent memory, LOLITA is more of a tragedy that shows just how fucked up it is when  a grown-ass man has romantic feelings for prepubescent girls who still hangs around in school campuses.

By today’s standards, LOLITA is a slow burner of an Erotica Drama where a lot of time is spent showing how Prof. Humbert’s romantic fantasy, starring himself and the titular girl of dreams Lolita, gradually erodes into a doomed reality and as far as dramas go it’s pretty good. Even if LOLITA is not one of Kubrick’s strongest works mostly because it doesn’t do much outside of retelling a novel for the big screen, it’s still a damn fine piece of storytelling and an impressive character study. Thanks to its slower pacing, it’s easy to see how the romance between characters slowly fades away as they learn more about each other and themselves. Tensions and frustrations boil to their logical extremes when the desires of an adult and a growing girl begin to shift and clash when their honeymoon period dies a crashing death in a heated if not over-dramatic exchange. Too bad everyone else in the movie outside of Lolita and Prof. Humbert is forgettable as they serve to be nothing more than walking plot devices that help move the story along, even if they have to do so with their lives on the line. It should go without saying much that LOLITA is bleak as fuck but thankfully it isn’t needlessly depressing, showing that it’s more than possible to give a shit about the story even if the protagonist is one hell of a reprehensible motherfucker. But then again, I did describe it as a tragedy so what the fuck else did you expect.

True to the best qualities of the Erotica Genre,  LOLITA can actually be viewed as a deconstruction of the fetish at the core of its story while still being sexy in its own ways. In LOLITA’s case, it’s the aptly named Lolita Complex  that’s in the story’s unforgiving sights, as seen in how the movie visually executes its narrative. The supposedly sexy scenes turn out to be rather messed up and fucking disturbing when you stop to think about the fact that Prof. Humbert is a middle-aged man who desperately wants to bang a minor . Yes, the moments between the professor and Lolita are shot in such a way that they look charming and even romantic at times but the movie never lets you forget that this is a fucking adult male who thinks that only he has ownership and sexual rights over a girl who’s just about to hit puberty.

Even if it had the chance to repeatedly hammer the audiences with its chosen themes and subtle criticisms of fetishising goddamned kids, LOLITA chooses not to and instead goes for the “less is more” approach thus giving the movie an edge. Maybe it was the censors at the time or maybe it was Kubrick’s deliberate artistic choice but for an Erotica Movie based on a novel that gave an anime subgenre its fucking name, there’s no fucking at all to be seen in LOLITA. Most of the sexual acts are only suggested and hinted at as there are literally no scenes involving nudity and boning. Funnily enough, LOLITA was considered highly controversial when it was originally released but by today’s standards, it’s safe enough to land a measly hard PG-13 rating at the least on cable. In a time when it’s becoming near impossible to distinguish Erotica Movies from Pornography and Euro Arthouse Shit (though they’re pretty much the same to me), I found it offensive that LOLITA didn’t want to spoon-feed just how sexy the scene was by playing predictable music and showing an almost ten minute long fuck scene that’d fit right at home in a DVD of GIRLS GONE WILD.

I’m a fucking Millennial, of course I want my movies to explain EVERYTHING to my dumbass entitled mind.

Obvious sarcasm aside, LOLITA shows just how low the Erotica Movie has gone ever since porn hit homevideo. Back then, it was all about the actual sexual tension between the characters that’s either fixed or broken by the act of love but now it’s all about how much fucking and generic bondage can be shown onscreen because spanking some ass with a crop whip for a movie’s climax is totally risque as fuck. If put side by side with Kubrick’s other movies, LOLITA may not amount to much mostly because it gets dwarfed by his more iconic works but on its own, it’s a great blast from the past that serves as a good example of what a Film Genre used to be and what it should aspire to be today.

 

 

 

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