I watched this on the strength of Jeff Who Lives At Home and a bunch of things in which I have seen the Duplass brothers.
This is stupid. Actually stupid. Stupid people, Rhett in particular, doing stupid things. Touting things that sound emotionally aware but are obvious nonsense does not make it ironic or insightful.
Films with high expectations seldom live up to them, you're generally poisoned by others opinions and come into the experience ready to fight it.
This is brilliantly the opposite experience.
I was expecting to be entertained and to causally find fault in others effusive praises. This was more than expected and more than I could have hoped for.
Ben Affleck is great and perfect as the protagonist. Rosamund Pike is immensely attractive and hard to define and then just AMAZING…
Definitively styled and shot by Wes Andersen so that it is almost an homage to himself or a parody of his work, but brilliantly so.
Excellent cast of the usual suspects and the story is swimming with imagery (and a few nods to the Shining perhaps?) and the symmetry of his camera shots is played, then overplayed and played again for good measure.
The pace is rollicking, the dialogue witty and erudite, the shocking gruesome brutality of reality is presented…