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Charlie Countryman Blu-Ray Review

1 February 2014 8:39 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Three days later, I’m still not quite sure what to make of Charlie Countryman. A messy, compelling fever dream of a film, it cleverly blends magical realism and the quest archetype with a Shakespearean love story and pulse-pounding action sequences, but it’s also by no means a home run. Trying to assign the film to a genre proved fruitless, and drawing its plot and characters out on paper in attempt to discern some deeper meaning only left me confused. Clearly, director Fredrik Bond (known for his music videos) prioritized style over substance with his first feature film. And to Bond’s credit, it’s filled with some strikingly beautiful moments. Outside of those moments, however, it’s difficult to get on Charlie Countryman‘s side, given its utter lack of concern for coherent storytelling.

If I had to describe Charlie Countryman to friends, I’d probably call it a dark, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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