After Hours

After Hours ★★★★½

This movie is an escalation of wrong guy in the wrong place at the wrong time. What begins with an innocent pen not working ramps up through a long line of unfortunate missteps until Griffin Dune is unable to escape a crazed women paper macheing him alive. Admittedly while you sympathise with the character, some of his bizarre behaviour is hard to understand. The direction of Scorsese is great as always, swivelling the camera and fast zoom ups to help create this very bizarre setting of New York. The one block set that is used throughout the whole film also helps create this suffocating atmosphere, like the main character really can't escape, even though he could essentially just walk home. Even in this nightmarish setting, the subtle and deadpan comedy is great. You cant help laughing as the dialogue and each scene becomes more surreal and hopeless as the movie progresses. All of the oddball side characters are what bring this nightmare to life and they are all memorable and enjoyable to watch.

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