Five Reasons You’ll Love It - November 18, 2017

Good Time - Five Reasons You’ll Love It
by Roz
Roz
by Roz hmv London, Bio hmv guest film critic and writer

Good Time - Five Reasons You’ll Love It

Nick Nikas (Ben Safdie) has special needs and is hard of hearing contrasted to his brother Connie (Robert Pattinson) street wise, sociopathic hustler. The film opens with Nick meeting with his psychologist and Connie brings the session to a dramatic end when his brother starts to cry. They then commit a bank robbery so that they can get enough money to buy a farm and live free from the outside world. However, things don’t quite go to plan and Nick falls through the glass door and is apprehended by the police whilst Connie escapes. What follows is a night full of absurdity and desperation as Connie tries to obtain his brothers freedom from prison by any means necessary

 

Safdie Brothers..

Like Joel and Ethan Coen and Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, these are brothers who write and direct together mixing humour with gritty realism. Remember their names, the Safdie brothers are destined to be around for a long time.

 

Robert Pattinson...

He dominates every scene he’s in. He is monstrously good as the older sociopathic brother, Connie Nikes who will do anything to try and save his brother. On screen he conveys the desperation as the situation descends into absurdity and farce with very real consequences. This is a role where he can finally shake of the any lingering references to twilight and step into the sunlight of his career.

 

Diverse story telling...

This film could have been just another run of the mill robbery gone wrong and brother tries to save more vulnerable brother from jail. However, it is lifted by the Safdie brothers storytelling techniques by actually focusing on the secondary characters and actually fleshing out their characters so that they actually come alive and you start to care about them.

 

Buddy Duress...

The actor plays Ray, who doesn’t quite steal the spotlight from Robert Pattinson but is engaging and completely convincing as a small time petty crook. He’s definitely a name to watch out for.

 

It’s short, sweet and punchy at just over 1h30 in length...

It delivers several emotional gut punches and allows you just enough time to recover before another one is delivered. It is a frenetic, yet riveting piece of filmmaking that never loses its momentum.

 

Here's a quick look at the movie:

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