Good Time

Good Time ★★★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

This movie feels like it’s alive. Right off the bat I wanna say that I think too many people sleep on ‘GoodTime‘ for its excellent/subtle use of color motifs. [Green typically being shown onto and behind the innocent and while red is cast upon the criminally unjust.] You’ll find ‘GoodTime‘ has spectacular editing and camera work we’ve come to expect from Benny and Josh Safdie respectively. The dialogue is at times overlapping and chaotic, yet audible. A true staple of their joint efforts thus far (a staple that’s notorious for being utterly beneficial or the most abhorrent main detractor) and I think it just really shines here. Like ‘Uncut Gems,’ you can always find new favorite little line scattered throughout. Another staple is found in the unfamiliar and worn faces of the cast, real people hired off the NYC streets further your delve into the “fever-dream“ that is known as ‘GoodTime.‘
 
Police luckily aren’t heroes in this story- see the segment about the woman falling on the knife for an example of the film’s minimal yet effective commentary. The opening scene sees brothers Connie and Nick narrowly escaping a squad car on foot, followed by a full blown ground chase sequence that culminates into the perfect level of hair-raising tension that never breaks, making the reoccurring police presence itself elevate the overall experience to a ten. 

The Safdie Brother’s never seem to get lost or fall behindalways keeping you on track weaving you carefully throughout the bustling city after dark. New York is their home, and much like how you shouldn’t invade a country for the fact that the very people who live within know their land best, you don’t shoot in New York and make it cohesive unless you’re the Safdie’s. And goddamn does that show.

Pattinson is said to have reached out the Safdie’s after seeingHeaven Knows What’ stating that he simply needed to make a collaboration: BOOM. Now ‘GoodTime’ happily exists- I further adore the spontaneous nature of the pre-production of this movie and where it lead them, it’s all very inspiring- knowing the Brothers were full ready to tackle ‘Uncut Gems‘ but instead took a year or two off to lose themselves into a new idea entirely! That. That immense drive they have for creating these thrill-ride movies EVEN on a whim makes me want to gush about and admire ‘GoodTime’ all the more. 

Main character Connie is another collection to their trove of “loser-protagonists,” the guys And gals who seemingly can’t win. This time we follow a romantic criminal that’ll cheat and steal just about anybody at each turn in the hopes to see that his innocent brother can be free again. It’s a fairly on-the-surface family drama- but goddamn if it doesn’t bring me to absolute tears each time I make the end. I’ll forever wish I could go back to 2017- I’d slap my younger self across the face and rush him to a local theater, for he truly was missing out. ALSO GIVE DANIEL LOPATIN A FUCKING AWARD BECAUSE HIS SCORE NEVER FAILS.

[AND NO! CONNIE ISN'T TRIPPING IN THAT COP CAR, HE’S JUST STARING THROUGH THE BARS- LIKE THE DOGS HE THOUGHT HIMSELF TO BE IN HIS PAST LIVES HE NOW STARES LIKE A PUPPY THROUGH HIS CAGE, ON HIS WAY TO THE POUND- NEVER TO SEE HIS BROTHER AGAIN. WAS IT WORTH IT? CONNIE CAN ONLY WONDER.]

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