Wonderfully silly and remarkably appealing, with a script so clear it’s obvious to a fault. Now, let’s throw this in the Paul WS Anderson grinder and see what franchise rolls out of it.
The young Florence (Sally Forrest) is discovered as a tennis prodigy. Her overbearing mother sets her up with tours and coaches, while living vicariously through Florence’s successes. A simple plot about selfishness, written with the rigidity matching Lupino’s sparse and barebones direction. At 78 minutes, it races through the rise and fall of Florence, but it never feels rushed. It rather feels deliberately rough and minimalist.
The era’s melodrama doesn’t undercut the refreshing story beats. In Lupino’s world, Florence wouldn’t…
About perpetually making the worst possible choice, tangling others into a web of mistakes, and yet only seeing one’s own ill-advised outcome as the ultimate goal, showing no remorse for the fate of those who tag along.
Good Time has the exact same qualities and pitfalls as the Safdie’s feature-length debut. Its meandering structure has something very appealing, forming the kind of short distance road movie that they do really well. Safdie’s put their character in a situation and figure…