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Review: We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (2022) ****

We’re All Going to the World’s Fair is so *interesting*. A really authentic portrayal of loneliness in the internet era. It also made me think about what horror can be. The movie was simple but, I think, pretty subtle too.

I read the movie as being about a Queer Elder trying to keep tabs on a very-depressed Queer Youth over the internet when the Youth is descending into a bad place. Trying to love and care for someone from afar. The fear when you can’t reach them.

The story ended up being actually really sweet, but terribly sad about the aching loneliness and isolation. The brief giddiness of meeting someone you know *so* well for the first time IRL, and then returning to your isolation. I feel like it was written by someone much like me.

I am not capable of (or interested in) writing anything as subtle as this movie. There are shots that are, say, 7 or 8 minutes long, and very little happens in them. I still thought it was interesting. That’s so much not my style. But the internet experience resonates.

This feels so personal, and also deeply of-the-moment. This captures so much of my internet life so well. I used to be the younger person. I became the older person. A horror movie indeed.

(Image credit: Utopia. This review was originally posted on Letterboxd on Dec 13 2022.)

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