I was totally immersed in this, legit didn't know how long it'd gone on for or the what time it was when the lights came on. Remembered what day it was, just about.
I was hooked in the first act and a half, scrutinizing every detail I could see, just in case. Twist was total gut punch and the whole thing felt like I was watching a new film. Pacing was immense.
Affleck was fine as it happens, his natural…
After all that....
Man, was this average. Rogen played Rogen and Franco played Franco. Story was predictable as hell. Very few positives about this (apart from the Sony email leaks, they were entertaining).
Question for anyone who actually reads this: I feel like the "2 best friends relationship strained by 3rd party until character 1 realises 3rd party is evil/an ass" story is common as fuck but my feeble brain is struggling (BASEketball is the only one I got), can you think of any others?
*Edit - got 2 more - 21 & 22 Jump Street use this exact idea too.
"What if my problem wasn't that I don't understand people but that I don't like them?"
Take the beautiful LA nightscapes of Collateral.
Add the single minded determination/psychosis of King of Comedy.
Sprinkle a pinch of the unnerving male/female conversations from Taxi Driver.
Throw in Jake Gyllenhaal in the form of his life, and you've got Nightcrawler.
Fantastic film. Great idea, well executed. Looks class, very entertaining to boot.
JG and Rene Russo's conversations are top notch; Russo's control wanes in every conversation, and it's masterfully done.
As Lou says, he's a quick learner.