Starts off promisingly enough but gets dull really quickly. I wasn't expecting a slashterpiece or anything, but I figured that this would at least be a fun watch with a few cool set pieces, kills, and suspenseful moments if nothing else, as there ought to be when you make a movie that's set inside a haunted house run by a small group of sadistic masked psycho-killers pretending to be part of the act on Halloween night. So many possibilities to…
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Those last five minutes offer the most subtly resonant moment of catharsis ever put on screen. A lifetime of longing and internal anguish overcome by a single gesture of outward vulnerability. The serene magnitude of a man liberating that little boy he has always been and finally accepting himself for who he is. No matter what Chiron's and Kevin's futures entail, I keep coming back to the refrain from Frank Ocean's "Godspeed:"
This love will keep us through blinding of the eyes
Silence in the ears, darkness of the mind
Social realism and vérité get crossbred with the Hollywood genre film at its most refined and ruthlessly lean. Using Of Mice and Men as its jumping-off point and reconfiguring the standard heist gone wrong picture into a flurry of urban grit and grime that feels completely electrifying and unmistakably for this day and age. A movie like Good Time simply isn't supposed to exist in the form that it does in this (or any other) country, but the Safdie brothers…