So as I was saying, I was just begging to be let down. Thank God I wasn't. This movie is like something I've been waiting for my whole life and didn't know it. The meta scale of this movie is off the charts. Tom Clift once explained to me that the movie is ridiculous in how meta it is, but the characters are completely oblivious to that fact. It's a confusing statement... but it's totally true. And it makes sense in the film. (Don't worry, though... it's not complicated meta like a Kaufman flick. It's all pretty straight forward.) In other words, the writing in this film is fantastic. I mean, I saw every twist coming pretty early on (including one that's only implied), but it's so entertaining you just don't care.
But what really helps drive the writing home is the actors. They all own their roles, from Colin Farrell (who I think should only work with Martin McDonagh from now on) to Walken to... everyone. But let's be honest. It's Sam Rockwell that steals this movie. He's off the walls good in this--so funny and quirky and you never know what's gonna happen next with him. Also, if you love seeing little character actors show up (like one Mr. Dylan Fields), I think you'll love the shit out of this movie for that alone.
Gushing reviews are always the most boring to read, so I'll stop it here. See this movie, especially if you're a fan of meta. The dialogue is sharp. The acting is great. The directing is great. The film is really funny, but it also takes time to build characters, be dramatic and serious and even emotional when need be. You might see some things coming, but I promise there will be other things you won't expect. It's a silly, insane film, but it also has a heart. And I can't wait to see it again.
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