Buona critica alla società, un po' forzata, ma ironica. Lo sviluppo narrativo è molto classico e senza grandi sorprese, con un inizio convincente e una seconda parte carina, ma con un lieve calo qualitativo.I due protagonisti sono ben amalgamati, mentre la critica alla società è un po' banalotta.La fotografia riesce a ben catturare le atmosfere dei quartieri presentati. Regia buona, ma che stenta nel far appassionare
Kudos for Netflix on keeping some of the indies alive (whilst killing cinema as a whole in the process), but I don't know, man. Why was this one made? It is a bunch of sleep inducing cuteness, which reels into a swamp of gore in the end. That's what crime movies do nowadays.
My undying love for Melanie Lynskey aside, black comedies so rarely work – mostly because they require the deftest of hands, and that's an almost impossible feat for a director's debut feature. That said, it's not entirely a mess. The setup handled really well, and Blair gets great performances out of his actors, even if they all feel like they're from different movies.
The films of Blair and his frequent collaborator, Jeremy Saulnier, take place in an America that the films don't normally concern themselves with and this one has that same thematic freshness. The lurches in tone are a risk but for the most part they come off. Strangely, for a comedy, it manages to be unsettling in just the right amount. Lynskey is also very good in a very sympathetic sad-sack role.
The spirit of the characters and of the film shifts too dramatically to feel they fit the same narrative. I enjoyed the characterization - but Blair misses appropriate pacing as he jumps from a reflective and soft setup to a vengeance based core. If you have not seen Blue Ruin / Green room by Jeremy Saulnier - go do that. Blair played a role in both movies and Saulniers influence plays a role in this one.
I really love Lynskey's work and I'm glad Elijah Wood is growing apart from The Lord of the Rings. This is a very funny dark comedy that emulates a very contemporary feeling. My only critic: why does every single female badass need a boyfriend? This kind of thing turns the whole idea into a predictable popcorn more-from-the-same-mess. If it wasn't a romantic comedy it would been stellar.
Director Macon Blair seems to have a style similar to–and a little more tame than–his collaborator Jeremy Saulnier (he's not as much of a sociopath as Saulnier). Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood have a strange but fun relationship to watch in this crime drama. Solid film overall