It may seem like a bold claim to some, but I feel that acclaimed directors consistently pump out the most thought-provoking content in the twilight of their careers. This is referred to as a director’s “late period,” when they refine their style and lose track of what it means to consider the audience. An apathetic attitude towards general opinion characterizes a director’s late style. They truly pump out content they have always wanted to make and in the style they want to make it in. They narrow in on the aspects of filmmaking that they have always loved. In David Cronenberg’s case, it’s body horror such as with his latest film, Crimes of the Future.
In this stage of their career, they feel no obligation to tie up each tidbit of story into a neat little bow; in fact, they disregard coherency and conciseness for style and visual displays. Directors like Michael Mann, Clint Eastwood, Francis Ford Coppola, Abel Ferrara, and more have produced some of their best content in this period. David Cronenberg has been in this stage for quite some time now, and Crimes of the Future is no exception.