In-progress work print so could be tightened a bit, but it seemed close to a finished version to me.
Certainly a lot of laughs, but not consistently. First half felt like an extended Key and Peele sketch that kept building and working, extended celebrity cameo in the middle has all the aimless, humorless lack of energy as a similar scene in Trainwreck and never quite recovers from there, back half couldn't sustain the momentum or humor, got very buddy action-comedy generic.
It is indeed the cutest goddamn cat I've ever seen though.
Perhaps the most underappreciated Hollywood film of the last several years. A brilliant realization of a novel on the level of Gatsby, Lolita, and Sirens of Titan with career best performances from DiCaprio, Winslet, and the remarkable Michael Shannon. I've seen it only once since it's such a hard experience to relive, but it shook me to my core and hasn't left my thoughts for long since. In short, a masterpiece.
What would happen if you gave an angsty, misanthropic 14-year-old with no storytelling experience the opportunity to utilize sixth-rate community theater performers to act out his adolescent revenge fantasies and serve as a mouthpiece for his obnoxious rantings for nearly two hours? God Bless America.
Neither a dark comedy nor a satire (since both require some degree of humor), GBA is instead little more than being told things everyone already knows (Reality TV is stupid?! Fox News cynically riles people…