Squid Game Criticism – Spoiler Alert

Don’t lose your marbles.

I really enjoyed watching Squid Game. The marbles episode epitomized the show for me, allowing the characters to fully realise themselves while providing the viewer with edge-of-your-seat suspense. It was as close to perfect as it got. All in all I thought it was a great show.

Balancing act.

As a fan of well known Korean cinema – Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengence, Parasite, Memories of Murder, The Chaser, I was looking for a similar kind of experience from Squid Game. I thought for the most part it achieved this, while also having the quintessential Korean lightness that doesn’t detract from the surrounding horror. With that said, the introduction of the cop character plot left me with lingering fear that the show would descend into a farcical formulaic type of thing which would detract from the rest of the action. The VIPs in their caricaturesque portrayal also detracted from the show. Squid Game retained its identity for the most part and did not become a farce as, for example, the 2020 film Alive did.

Robbed by the suits

I felt robbed by the last 5 minutes of the show. I’m hopeful that somewhere, probably not filmed, but possibly in the script or maybe in the writer’s early drafts is an ending that wraps it all up. An ending where the principal character gets on the plane and flies to the US where he will either reunite with his daughter or see her happier than ever and choose not to impose on that happiness. That, as far as I’m concerned, is the proper ending of the show.

But wait, there’s more.

But what we got was a moneyman flying down into the last scene to meet our newly empowered hero Seong Gi-Hun with his flame red hair just as he’s about to board the plane while we all scream not to dial that number, but he does and we hear him say, ‘Listen guys, there’s every indication that this show is going to be a big hit, so scrap that meeting with my daughter, we’re going to cash in on a sequel.’

If they wanted him back in the game, the time to do it was when Seong Gi-Hun was downtrodden and homeless, not spending a jeon of his winnings, a man with nowhere else to go, but that too would have sacrificed the sequel. In the end, the fans have lost an ending so that Netflix can milk a bit more out of it.

It will be a sequel I for one will not be watching, unless Kang Sae-byeok comes back as the world’s prettiest zombie.

What do you think?

London

Picture House Central, November 2021. Mamiya 7, Portra 800
Prince Charles Cinema, November 2021. Mamiya 7, Portra 800
Leicester Square, November 2021. Mamiya 7, Portra 800
Noel Coward Theatre, November 2021. Mamiya 7, Portra 800
Covent Garden, November 2021. Canon AE 1 Program, Fujifilm Pro400H
BFI, Southbank, November 2021. Canon AE 1 Program, Kodak ProImage100
Tower Bridge, November 2021. Canon AE 1 Program, Fujifilm Pro400H
The Anchor, November 2021. Canon AE 1 Program, Fujifilm Pro400H
Shakespeare’s Globe, November 2021. Canon AE 1 Program, Fujifilm Pro400H
The Swan, November 2021. Canon AE 1 Program, Fujifilm Pro400H
Dog Walker near St.John’s Hill, November 2021. Canon AE 1 Program, Fujifilm Pro400H
Canon AE1 Program • Fuji Pro 400h
Regent Street, Ilford HP5
Ektar 100
southbank on ektar

St.Combs Portrait Project

I started the St.Combs Portrait Project in April 2020 to capture the people living, passing through, or connected in any way to the village.

All photos are taken with a Yashica Mat 124G Twin Lens Reflex medium format camera using Kodak Tri-X or Ilford Hp5 film. The film is sent to Photo Hippo in Burnley for developing.

The photos are not perfect, but I hope this adds to the character of the work.

You can view the photos on Instagram: stcombs_portrait_project. If you would like to take part please reach out to me. If you want your photo removed, Just let me know.

07.07.2020

Susan, Lorraine & June

06.07.2020

William & Kristopher

01.07.2020

Danny, Bart & Nicky

24.06.2020

Susie
Kimi & Rachel

22.06.2020

Bill

20.06.2020

James
Nasafor Ali, Hasina, Nasima, Yaqub & Inaya
Hasina
Pamela & Joshua

18.06.2020

Alan & Harris

17.06.2020

Susan, Faith, Lola & Buddy

16.06.2020

Colin & Ross

16.06.2020

Marina, Millie & Bella

15.06.2020

Charlotte, Allison, Lisa, Charlotte & Alexander

14.06.2020

Drew

11.06.2020

Stuart

02.06.2020

Maya & Annie

01.06.2020

David, Seonaid, Ozzi, Neve, Indie & Reggie

01.06.2020

Rob, Nampet, Bonnie & Sebastian

30.05.2020

Jock, Rebecca, Miley & Sadie

27.05.2020

Dave

26.05.2020

Colin

25.05.2020

Lyndsey & Hollie
Stuart, Alice & Rose

24.05.2020

Rachel & Arya

21.05.2020

Bob

19.05.2020

David, Charleen, Noah, Rhys, Fynn & Gene

16.05.2020

Steven, Sandra, Maggie & Angus

12.05.2020

Penny & Ozzy

09.05.2020

Gordon & Freddy

07.05.2020

John
Paul, Anna & Joseph

02.05.2020

Alan & Elizabeth

01.05.2020

Rory

28.04.2020

Conrad Ritchie

25.04.2020

Allison & John Tait with Hamish, Bridget & Abbie
Colin Cooper
Alec Buchan

22.04.2020

Janey, Jessica & Madison Cooper
Kerry, Hattie & Sandy Smith
Phillip & Margaret Dunbar

18.04.2020

Billy
David Buchan
Steven-John Tait
John Tait

17.04.2020

Allison Tait