Zach a.m.’s review published on Letterboxd:
...in which Elijah Wood tries to bring back the rat-tail mullet.
This is a movie with the texture of Blue Ruin but with some added humour, a more sympatetic lead* and a bloodier, funnier, violently-superior final set-piece - slash - showdown. It's still kind of dry though, at least for a movie with a Trans-Am and a dude wearing what looks like a Judas Priest tee on the poster. Like, you'd think this movie might be a little more energetic.
Buuuuut... I am not going to rag on it for what it isn't, and instead cheer it for what it is. And what it is, is a movie very much of its time - of our time. That frustration with the decline of civilisation that can't really be channelled feels very real to me, it is very real for me. And Macon Blair taps into that frustration, taking you down the path of consequences that starts with his own small cameo as one of those dicks who spoils your fantasy novel series for you all the way to its bloody conclusion. And the result, or the lesson at the end, is and old one: an eye for an eye does indeed make the whole world blind.
*Melanie Lynskey's voice, to me, has this instantly sympathetic quality to it. Even when she's being a bit of a villain, I always kind of melt from her voice. It's what makes her perfect for this role.