jayluke’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is a movie that wears its influences on its sleeve. Antonio Campos clearly loves The Coen Brothers, specifically There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men, throw in a healthy dose of Oli Stone’s Natural Born Killers with a few Martin McDonagh beats and you have this movie.
It took me about a half an hour to find a decent level on investment but I eventually got there and it ended up good in the end! It’s cool to see Tom Holland basically eating darts, and there are some pretty good performances here. I don’t think this is R Patts strongest showing of recent times, but that’s his own fault due to the giant bar he’s set for himself recently. He does play such a good absolute shit cunt though, absolutely loves ruining lives. Good to see Mia Wasikowska pop up here, as well as the guy who played Dudley in Harry Potter. Only Jason Clarke could possibly take his crown for weirdest looking cunt of all time though and old JC doesn’t disappoint here, whereas on the other end of the spectrum Eliza Scanlen has the most convincing set of puppy dog eyes in cinema. As for Sebastian Stan, he was fine but every time he left a scene I totally forgot he was even in it until the next time he showed up. Billywise makes the most of his time as well!
It’s one of those movies that I don’t think enjoyment is the right word. It’s very bleak and doesn’t make you feel good, and that’s entirely the point. This feels like a novel with an impending sense of dread and tension. I think the way it jumps in time gives it that bookish type feel, establishing character back stories in almost chapter like scenes. This movie should run a tight two hours, but it’s probably twenty minutes too long. There’s a sideplot they heavily flesh out that I feel could be heavily cut down. This is high quality for a Netflix movie for sure. I can see this getting a shit ton of hype, especially with the lack of quality coming out at the moment. For me it falls in that 3.5-4 range. I was gonna go high on it but changed my mind. 3.5 for now.
It’s just good to have a new movie to stick my teeth into though.