A bracingly nasty piece of work, which would have been more fun had it featured Nic Cage. As is, 'Killer Joe' contains too much abuse to be pure entertainment, but is not serious minded enough to be a piece of social commentary. I'm not sure whether that makes it exploitation or art. I've never quite shaken it off though, which is impressive for what is otherwise an unremarkable film.
9 - Don't know what the hell Friedkin was aiming for; a deep-fried(kin) southern bipolar neo-noir rednexploitation piece, a tar-black comedy, a jab at the dirtier side of the Texan underbelly, the world's most extreme Chick-fil-A ad (I know it's KFC, but how many of you got a hankering for THAT after this) or if someone just dared him to try and make McConaughey scary as hell. Whatever it was, he succeeded.
Curious how this film worked better on TV than now in a movie theater. The end at the caravan is a great moment of theatrical performance as well of a cinematographic transcription of a script made from a play. But most of it fails to too many cliches of the genre and its ambiences, which are expanded when seen on a movie screen. Anyway, a credible example of Friedkin's ability to overcome the starting materials.
My God is this movie funny. Funny and fun. Sure, it is flawed as any other movie (perhaps a little more than it should), but, like Friedkin has said in the past, it makes it feel a lot more spontaneous, and I like me some spontaneous filmmaking. Good job, Mr. Friedkin.
Real potent mix of vulgar dialogue and performances in this one. I will say that last scene turned me sour though. When a film crosses a certain threshold of domestic and sexual violence you have to ask yourself why is the director putting me through this? In Killer Joe's case it's all for a joke.
I watched this because I am a huge fan of august: osage county (I literally don't think anyone else loves that movie as much as I do). I really enjoyed watching this, it's very dark and funny and I think william friedkin and tracy letts have very compatibele styles, so I am definitely looking forward to checking out bug.
In the career of Friedkin, there will always be two categories: His Best (The Exorcist, The French Connection, Sorcerer) and Everything Else. Falling into the second category, Killer Joe may be the best. This is a brutal, ugly, dark piece of work that is irresistible to not fall into. Like a greasy piece of fried chicken, you finish it feeling disgusted with yourself, but only after licking your fingers.