Connor Ashdown-Ford’s review published on Letterboxd:
Insulted at work. Nearly run over by an impatient d*ck leaving a parking space. Stuck at a checkout behind some douche stacking up hundreds of items on the 15 ITEMS OR LESS isle. A pompous pr*ck spoils the book you've been reading at a bar. Your neighbors dog keeps shitting on your front lawn. And your house has been burgled. That's the depressingly real opening to Macon Blair's directorial debut "I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore," and that's just one of the many miserable days of Ruth's life.
F*ck this world, and all the assholes in it, that make it such a sh*t world to exist in.
The world is full of ass holes and very few people genuinely confront them for their wrongdoings, we normally tend to just leave them be, go home, rant to our partners, family, and sometimes even ourselves. But what if a mild-mannered, kind, caring, compassionate and quite person, one who always let sleeping dogs lie, finally blew their top and confronted those assholes!
"I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore" follows the life of a depressed woman, Ruth, and her obnoxious neighbor, Tony, as the pair decide to find the thieves that broke into Ruth's house. Ruth is down in the dumps, her job depresses her, life literally sucks the life out of her, she's alone, lonely and stuck in a rut, but she keeps herself to herself and she gets by. The problem is, with every small random act of unkindness delt to her by society, and all the ignorant and obnoxious people surrounding her, she feels as if a person like her no longer has a place in this world. But, she's a fighter, so instead of giving up, she challenges herself to live a life free of restraints.
Things quickly go from bad to worse, and what starts out as a dark-comedy quickly descends into a chaotic thriller that draws influence from the sudden gritty horror of director Macon Blair's longtime collaborator and close friend Jeremy Saulnier. However, Macon Blair never sacrifices his dark humour for thrills. The film is constantly funny, from start to finish, even in the third act, where Blair suddenly ushers in the thrills, kills and blood spills!
Macon Blair is a force to be reckoned with, on and off camera, and I'm a massive fan of everything he commits himself to. He's an incredibly talented screenwriter, actor, and I can now add director to the list to. His screenplay is tight, goofy, funny and thrilling. The pacing is perfect. Thrills are earned. His characters are loveable. It's well shot, the score is on point. Elijah Wood and Melanie Lynskey are absolutely magnificent! Melanie is an absolute gem. I also stand by my statement that Elijah Wood is not only one of the best actors working today, but one of the funniest actors working today to!
This is the most relatable film I think I've ever watched, especially at this point in my life. I've seen it three times now, and with every watch, spaced out over a couple of years, it has only grown more relatable. F*ck this world and all the assholes making me feel as if I don't belong.