Beautiful tracking shot when we introduce JC with the dead weather playing behind it. Great scene. JC is an asshole, but a lovable asshole. His raspy voice and tough guy demeener ia a whole lotta fun to watch.
Zoe Kravits is a heartbreaker, there's so much goin on in her eyes. Pain, secrets, she's always so good in every role Ive seen her play.
Emile Hirsch really touched my heart with his performance. Kinda stoic, mysterious all the while endeering. Also totally batahit crazy when he needs to be. Which is pretty evident from the first scene.
Character development is strong here, the writing is pretty sharp, no moments seem to drag or feel outta place. I really enjoyed the period of peace, partially played through a nicely paced montage. Your general "shits good right now" montage with a catchy indie rock song behind it. Of course the shit hits the fan, inevitably. Unfortunately after the montage it does take a minute for that shit to hit that fan. Fortunately in that time ww have Hirsch and Kravits playing off each other so well. The chemistry is definitely there. They're so cute together.
Let's talk about Daryl, this piece of shit. Deserves all the shit that comes his way. What a fucker.
When the movie hits that hour mark, it gets rough, then we get a breather, a heart to heart between brothers, lovers coming to an agreement.
Favorite line of the movie Roxxy: It's everywhere, it's who you are, its in your blood.
Vincent: What's that?
I like how the tension builds, questions form in your mind, just like the characters you're just along for the ride until it all reveals itself. Whooooo, remember that breath I was talking about? Yeah you don't get one when this kicks off. I legit got nauseas from the tension. This is definitely in my wheelhouse. If I were ever hired to write a romance, this is what I'd write.
Tonal shifts may throw people off, I had a giid grasp on what was trying to be said. The nihilist and even more so, heartbreaking style of this film might turn folks off completely.
I dug the hell out of it.
It's not perfect, but it is effective.
I'll go a solid 8.5/10