An ordinary emotional roller-coaster-wannabe with moral themes overdone to death, with nearly of all of them half cooked (family, religion, professional responsibility, the divorced life, alcoholism, drug abuse, the extent of a tragedy, God) and with a convincing leading performance whose capabilities are seriously harmed by the moral of the screenplay preceding it. The protagonist's family is absolutely side-tracked by a Deus Ex-Machina "romantic" trope that also shares addictions, but Zemeckis' oh-so-optimistic take will not let this drown in miserability,…
The British and Irish are the best for making dark comedies out of crime and politics. Martin McDonagh, moreover, tackles the dark side of human irrationality behind crime very well consistently, including his brother John Michael. Colin Farrell's passive-aggressive character "Marty" stands in the middle ground as a symbolic struggle between humanity and the underworld. Plagued with wicked stories that give clues about the main characters' personality traits, this is a fun watch with some bits of authentic genius scattered…
WARNING. The following movie has:
1) 237 minutes in length
2) The movie title appearing after one hour of running time
3) A drag
7) Genital gore
10) A "Virgin Mary"
12) Kung Fu butt-kicking female teens
13) Psychotic menopausal females
14) Pornographic furniture
15) A Joshuu 701-gô: Sasori (1972) tribute with a pinky film spoof character called "Miss Scorpion"
Before you ask, this is not my first Refn movie. In that way, I can know that:
- He still likes to dress his crooks with light grey pants and have some of them bald, like if they were still living in Denmark.
- He still uses an awesome techno soundtrack (with some pop touches that I can forgive) to open his films and to close them. The underground nudist dive bars / seedy joints cannot be omitted, of course.…