This can't be just a case of the vanilla crowd being easily impressed. When you have words thrown around like "A thrilling, neon-drenched subterranean madcap odyssey anchored by a superbly nervy Robert Pattinson" and a "thrilling ride" and half the review titles sound like wannabe Eberts, something must be up.
Especially once you've seen the movie yourself...
I didn't dislike "Good Time" but reading all these hogwash reviews certainly set me up for disappointment.
No, it is not a "thrilling ride" and there is nothing "crazy" or "madcap" about it. In fact, the film promises to start off one way and then, once the second act hits, it's simply one long detour.
Everything the characters do seems pointless, ill thought out, and doomed from the start, robbing you of the hope they'll somehow win, as you realize you're watching a losing battle.
The good moments were few and far between, such as a very cool and Tarantino-esque expository monologue leading into the (sadly misguided) second act.
I also liked the gritty look and thoughtful casting. Similar to Aronofsky's "Pi," you feel the dirt of a now forgotten New York City after dark, once the lights go out and all the McStores close down. The actors are "ugly," disheveled, alienated. The way they act and speak is exactly what New Yorkers are like, down to the van driver.
But sadly, aside from that, the film falls short.
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