Movie Review: Good Time

Good Time is a dour, nihilistic slog. Directors Josh and Benny Safdie follow an inventive bank robber an all-night crime spree, all the curiosity of a Bumfights video. Their style is unique, 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 matters in their lives. is not necessarily a bad , 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 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 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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