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Good Time- review

 

“Good Time” (2017)

Directed by Benny Safdie,  Josh Safdie

Starring Robert Pattinson,  Benny Safdie,  Jennifer Jason Leigh

Running Time 101 Minutes, Rated R.

4.5 Mitch’s out of 5

Mitch Hansch/movieswithmitch.com

 

These are the true gems people.  Brothers Benny and Josh Safdie direct a true fly by the seat of your pants crime drama that has the uncanny ability of taking the story in a direction that comes out of nowhere.  “Good Time” is a pulse-pounding tour-de-force that embodies the kinetic spirit of one my favorite Martin Scorsese films, “After Hours”.  Not too mention, a performance from Robert Pattinson that absolutely sheds any “Twilight” hangover this viewer might of had left, as he is fully immersed as the low level criminal smooth talker Connie Nikas.  

The film opens with a bank heist that goes wrong for Pattinson’s Connie and his hearing impaired and mentally disabled brother Nick played by co-director Benny Safdie.  Separated, Connie spends the rest of the film working to get back to his brother which showcases Connie’s heart of gold but willingness to do anything despicable to achieve it.  

There were scenes when my mouth was agape, in utter shock of what transpired and oh my goodness is that fun.  The Safdie brothers have pulled you into this part of the criminal world and let you try to figure it out in real time just as fast as Connie has to.  There’s also a stabbing commentary of how Connie, a criminal, gets away with more being a ‘white’ criminal where persons of color end up on the raw end of the deal simply for being of color.  

“Good Time” is exactly that.  A must see for true film lovers.  

James 5:13

 

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