Though it's not a favorite, you know immediately Leigh has guts. At first glance, the film seems full of pretension--too much intellect, too many dry ideas and words. As the film progresses, you realize that's exactly the point (at least for me it was): behind all of Johnny's words and affectations, you see the mind start to break down. The emotions start to burst from the seams he's kept so tightly bound with talk.
"Was I bored? No, I wasn't fuckin' bored. I'm never bored. That's the trouble with everybody - you're all so bored. You've had nature explained to you and you're bored with it, you've had the living body explained to you and you're bored with it, you've had the universe explained to you and you're bored with it,
Perhaps the bleakest film I have ever seen. Fiction it may be but with a harrowing air of authenticity. Desperately sad take on how unfulfilled existences of the main male characters undermines their self esteem and surfaces as misogyny. Not the easiest film to watch, certainly no feel good factor, but a great movie all the same.
Damn. I loved this film after one viewing, but I didn't think it could get better with a second viewing. It's a dark, provocative film about nihilism and un-employment with one of the greatest film characters of all time- who is known as Johnny. However, it was only on my second viewing, did I realise the darkly hilarious lines that this film had.