Ok so but also uh.
And all the jet footage looks like b roll
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I heard folks say “it’s not what you expect from the trailer,” except it’s exactly what you expect from the trailer: Tired fish out of water tropes, tired Red v Blue tropes, tired hicks with a heart of gold tropes. Novak is talented and can’t help but write decent dialog, but casting himself as the lead and his costal friend as the antagonist shines a big bright Texas star on the faux-sincerity of it all.
A killer score and the mood is vintage Argento — and even Asia is tolerable in this one! But the rest of it is muddled, slapdash, aimless, and ultimately kind of really dumb with a rushed dead-end finale that feels so unfinished you can just imagine Dario going “vaffanculo, I’m done.”
I liked this a lot until I didn’t like it as much anymore. The greasy Daniel Clowes aesthetic is like a warm toilet bowl, but the narrative, which actually really delivers for a while comes apart in rather upsetting fashion towards the end. Several times it felt like it was going to say the thing it came here to say, but it just couldn’t commit to one punchline so it decided instead to just stop the joke in the middle.