Good Time, 2017
Signed up the 29/03/2017
Good Time is a 2017 crime drama film directed by The Safdie Brothers (Benny & Josh). It stars former twinkling vampire Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie and the ever iconic Jennifer Jason Leigh.
The film follows Connie (Pattinson) who spends the night trying to free his mentally impaired brother from jail after a failed robbery.
I’m going to keep it short and simple. Good Time is a wonderfully energetic neon sequenced piece of art, sure flawed but what film isn’t? The film relies heavily too much on its genre clichés but it makes the clichéd moments good. The neon noir atmosphere is simply hypnotic as the Safdie’s take us on an adrenaline fueled night out with Pattinson’s character who is trying to deal with the consequences of his mistake and fix them as much as he can.
The films use of the intense close-ups and nightlife/neon lighting all forming a grainy image add to the nature of the story and its characters and the unpredictable world they live in, somewhat dullish by day but full of life at night.
Pattinson shines as Connie, the former pale man, gave colour to a character who almost got lost within the chaotic plot, but Pattinson bringing his strong presence, giving the character smarts and charm, just about the right tools to see him get praise. Connie does things in the film to make up for his mistake and free his brother but I couldn’t help notice how almost most of characters are in somewhat of a “toxic” “relationship” with him. Though we love Connie, he’s really not a good person – he is mean/selfish in way, we root for him nonetheless.
I’m not gonna dwell on the others performances as they were all good, and Jennifer Jason Leigh did the things that must be done, as the girlfriend of Connie who is so naively in love that she allows herself to be conned by him. The rest of the characters are what I assume are everyday New Yorkers who inject Good Time with the energy it needs.
There’s not much to say really, Good Time is a chaotic ride.
This for me is defs a contender during awards season particularly for Pattinson and his performance but there’s still a lot to watch and only time will tell.
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