“Good Time” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

8 October, 2017

Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Screenwriters: Ronald Bronstein, Josh Safdie
Director of Photography: Sean Price Williams
Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Synopsis: A man who robs a bank with his mentally handicapped younger brother hunts for a quick solution to their problems after his brother is arrested and assaulted in jail.

Good Time Review:

An ill-fated heist movie with a fatalistic sense of humour, “Good Time” is a dynamic get-go thriller about a man who looks for the easy route and immediately regrets his short-sighted decisions. In what appears to be a career first for Robert Pattinson, whose post-“Twilight” art projects have otherized him more than they’ve reinvented his brand, “Good Time” frames the actor in a glaring spotlight, encouraging him to become a genuinely magnetic screen presence who carries the weight of a dark and demanding screenplay.

A crazy day-in-the-life with very few rewards for its hapless protagonist, “Good Time” is like Martin Scorsese’s “After Hours” on LSD, speed, and just about every other drug available on the market, rushing through the dizzying streets of New York with a single goal and a finite solution. Enhanced and stylised with stark neon tones and an 80s electro-score, the movie sees Benny and Josh Safdie at their most confident and creative in a comedy of errors stained red by pressure, rage, and lasting determination.

Refusing to take no for an answer, “Good Time” doubles down on its exasperating premise, cruising at top speeds before its introduction has even reached its climax as the Safdie brothers search for deliverance beyond the curse of a condemned existence. Acting first and dealing with the consequences later, “Good Time” conducts bank robberies, assaults security guards, and throws wayward criminals off buildings, dabbling in a whole list of illegal activities and proving moral only in motivation as a tale of brotherhood and persistence comes to underscore the futility of selfless yet entirely myopic actions.


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