Sleek and occasionally sweet, but more often very tepid and not particularly impressive. I just kept wishing for an edge or twist to it all and it never came.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is one weird film. I very rarely feel comfortable directly questioning the intentions behind making a film, but this one feels like the filmmakers themselves were unsure or uncomfortable in creating it. There's a very tacked-on theme of mob justice that leads down a path that's very well-worn and exceedingly melodramatic and problematic, perhaps even downright offensive in it's portrayal of mental illness.
It does do a fair bit with the lore. I enjoyed seeing all these characters (often…
Uhhh maybe there's a reason why most movies don't start with a 10 minute hype video about how sick the movie's going to be like fucking Flavor Flav coming out before a Public Enemy concert, much less end with 5 minutes of the movie explaining what all the spooky things you just saw were.
A shame, really, because the part where you just watch the movie they made, it's not a bad pastiche of a very specific sort of 70s horror.
Two Italian-Americans get picked up for committing a robbery they didn't commit. They're eventually executed for this. Everyone knows they didn't do it but something of a conspiracy and the wonderful American judicial system, a system founded on violence and prejudice, will never let these sorts of things slide. The first half of Sacco e Vanzetti is a docudrama, full of passionate courtroom monologues, rapid-fire interrogations and beating of witnesses until they tell the "right" story to drive these two…