Joe has been taken from a Larry Brown novel, and the fact that it continues to get worse as it goes along means that it doesn’t know how awful it was to begin with. I suspect Green would argue that all the grit and ugliness speak to some sort of authenticity, that there is truth here. The movie, however, wallows in preposterous domestic and emotional grime, in sickness, fatalism, and self-defeat. I didn’t care whether I was being given the truth because I also felt like I was being given cancer.
September 13, 2013