I don’t normally write about mainstream movies – I watch them but stick to more of the obscure stuff – and I know that almost everyone has put something out about this one but, based on what I’ve seen during my air travels it was either this or the miserable Cardinal Matter which I absolutely hated:
I was originally interested in this because it was from the guy who did Blue Ruin which I thought was pretty fucking excellent. Then I was put off on it because everyone was going off on how good Patrick Stewart was in playing against his type and then Anton Yelchin died and everyone was saying how good he was in this and I hate hype and blah blah blah (I still can’t figure out how he got crushed by that car). Then I looked into it and it has Maeby Bluth in it! WHOOP!! I do pity those folks who haven’t ever seen Arrested Development – that was easily the best TV comedy ever – or one of the best. That third season wasn’t the greatest. The fourth season was OK but when they got away from the ensemble it was a little weak. KU-KAW KU-KAW!!
If, somehow, you haven’t read about this – I thought it was actually very, very good. Yelchin and Maeby are in a band and they see something bad happen and then they are held hostage by Stewart and his Nazi gangsters and nothing really goes right for anyone. We could talk about the acting or raise our cigarettes in the air like we’re on a fucking yacht and use the word performances and shit like that but, on this place, we don’t do that. This really is a well made movie and it was very surprisingly bloody. Spoiler: that part where Yelchin almost gets his hand cut off was gruesome and quite moving.
Sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll. Jealousy, murder and revenge. Dogs and gas siphoning. Wow – did I really just spell siphoning right on the first try?? I didn’t even type the word “just” right the first time. HA! Those are the name of the game in this one and I really did like it. I even watched it twice and the second time was even better because I was able to pay more attention to the sub-plot that’s going on behind the scenes. I didn’t kind of get it the first time around so that re-watch was worth it. Stewart? Yes, he does just fine. Yeltin really does do a good job but I was more impressed with Maeby – or Alia Shawkat. I’m happy she’s still around and doing things I seem to like. Remember the WONDERFUL The Final Girls??
She was one of my favorite characters / actresses on Arrested. Remember this?
I’ve also been in love with Imogen Poots since 28 Weeks Later – and that’s not just because her last name is Poots. I would still like her if her name ended in Toots, Farts, or Stinkass.
Although I’m not 100% sold on those bangs she’s rocking in here:
So, YEP – I really liked this and thought everyone did a good job. I’ve totally dug the two movies I’ve seen from this director so I hope he keeps it up and doesn’t sell out to do things like big summer superhero movies… remember – if you haven’t seen this and decide too – it does get pretty bloody in some places, so be careful.