I’ve tried hard not to write about Brexit, but it’s hard to ignore a tornado that is gaining speed by the day and trying to destroy everything in its path. The Pied Pipers of this once United Kingdom, sewed seeds of division, and mistrust; the Have’s convincing the have Not’s that immigrants and foreign powers are to blame for the state of the UK economy, and why things are lacking in their lives. It obviously has nothing to do with tax evasion, racism and billionaires short betting on the Sterling tanking.
Rupert Murdoch once was quoted as saying ‘When I go into Downing Street they do what I say; when I go to Brussels they take no notice.’” Murdoch has since denied the comment, but I think we can all agree that Murdoch and his media empire have done everything in their considerable power to ensure that Brexit is the most divisive and toxic thing to happen to the UK since Thatcher was alive (may she rot in hell). The lies and half truths that his media peddle out daily are at the very least poor journalism, but most of it is racist, xenophobic, vile propaganda, and completely intended.
It feels like Brexit has emboldened fascists and closeted racists to openly air their abhorrent views, and racist attacks have skyrocketed in the UK since the so-called ‘’People’s Vote’’, with 71% of BAME UK citizens now reporting racial discrimination, while before the 2016 vote it was 58% – still far too high, as NO ONE should be subjected to discriminatory behaviour in any form, but it is clear that the Brexit debacle has clearly exacerbated the situation. Coupled with the slashing of police numbers and public services by the Tory government, there is a very real danger to EU and BAME people in this country. You just have to look at the vile rhetoric being spouted by people on social media, who feel that they are free to share offensive statements and memes about people on the basis of skin colour or country of origin, to see that those behind Brexit have created a maelstrom of animosity, that simply wasn’t there before to this extent.
The Pied Piper is not the villain in the original story, though. It is the villagers of the town who use him for his services, and renege on their part of the deal – much like the puppeteers behind the Vote Leave campaign; therefore making the politicians and spin doctors of Brexit both the villagers who have no intention of delivering on their promise and the Pied Piper who leads the children to their deaths.
The Piper is a Korean horror reimagining of the original German folk tale, popularised by the Brothers Grimm; about a mysterious man who saves a mysterious village from a plague of rats, and when the villagers refuse to pay him, lures the children into a cave, never to be seen again.
This is a beautiful and haunting retelling of the story, about a village in the aftermath of the civil war. Slow burning and visually stunning, The Piper is a work of art. Poignant and extremely gruesome, it takes you down a path the viewer is loath to follow, but can’t walk away from. The payoff is stunning and even the use of CGI rats couldn’t detract from the poetry of this film. The revenge scenes are subtly brutal, and not for the squeamish. Evocative with a mesmerising soundtrack of flute music, this is a twisted supernatural drama that truly delivers on both horror and drama.
In a world of Trump, #FakeNews, Brexit and the Conservative propagandists spinning falsehoods and promising the world, while manifesting the equivalent of the Emperor’s New Clothes; it feels apt to see a victim of such false promises exact a fitting revenge.
Just saying …