Movie Review: Good Time

Good Time is a dour, nihilistic slog. Directors Josh and Benny Safdie follow an inventive bank robber on an all-night crime spree, with all the curiosity of a Bumfights video. Their style is unique, with harsh colors and unflattering close-ups. Interiors and production values are incidental, since they plunge into the inner lives of characters who are pure id. No one in this film could tell you anything about their futures, or what matters in their lives. That is not necessarily a bad thing, and there are indeed great films about wild, impulsive criminals. The difference is that those aspire for significance, instead of provocation for its own sake. In a transparent effort to shed his Twilight persona, Robert Pattinson plays Connie, an unkempt young man whose baggy clothes probably smell awful. He robs a bank with his brother Nick (Benny Safdie), and nearly escapes, except a dye pack explodes in the getaway car. The cops arrive, chasing the brothers, but only Connie manages evade arrest. Nick is mentally ill, so Connie is desperate to scrounge up some bail money before Nick accidentally pisses off the wrong guy in jail. Good Time becomes an odyssey of incompetence, with Connie […]

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