An excellent movie. Great cinematography, acting, storyline, message, and fitting soundtrack. What I liked most of this movie is its gradual yet striking character development, all at least somewhat based around the one son, who, even though staying static throughout the film, pulls everyone in and ultimately together, even when disaster seems so close.
pretty weak film held together by the strong cast. All of the main characters in this film are expertly acted by their players, but other than that, The Vicious Kind has nothing to show for itself. The direction and writing are okay at best. The set pieces are nice enough.
I've liked Adam Scott since stumbling upon Party Down and he gives a commanding performance here. And he's really the only reason to see the film, which is otherwise a poorly paced, awkwardly directed, and logic deprived indie family dramedy chock-full of trite revelations and strained tension.
This is the very definition of a performance piece. More often than not it's uncomfortable, but it's also terrifyingly real in its exploration of the dysfunctional family dynamic. Adam Scott gives a breathtaking performance that's so painful to watch, but also completely mesmerizing. J.K. Simmons proves his worth in the scenes he's in as the patriarch, but it is Brittany Snow, all grown up, who steals the show.