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Good Time - Written Movie Review


Today I'm reviewing the 2017 A24 film, Good Time, directed by Safdie Brothers and stars Robert Pattinson Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Benny Safdie. After a failed bank robbery attempt lands Connie Nikas' (Robert Pattinson) younger brother Nick (Ben Safdie) in Rikers Island prison, Connie Nikas embarks on a twisted journey through the city's underworld in a desperate and dangerous attempt to get his brother Nick out of jail. Unlike most A24 films that got released this year, this film really went under radar for most people. In fact, I didn't know anything about this film until I started seeing posts from people on Facebook that said it was a good. Seeing that it's caught a lot of buzz, I decided to give it a watch and I must say, it's a pretty damn interesting film. This film resembles a lot like the 1995 movie, Kids. If you haven't seen that movie then you probably won't get what I'm talking about. The director that did the movie Kids also did the 2001 film, Bully. The director of those two films is well-known for making gritty underground surrealistic films, almost as if you are watching a documentary. Good Time is very dark and gritty which I loved. I really enjoyed the late 80s /early 90s neon look of the film and I also loved the 80s retro score. Robert Pattinson's performance was absolutely amazing. His character felt so realistic and gritty. I think this might be my all-time favorite performance by him. I really got into the story too. As the film goes along, I wanted to see more and more. Its like it became a drug itself. Heavy props to the Safdie Brothers on the fantastic writing. Now I do have some minor flaws. I felt like Jennifer Jason Leigh character was absolutely pointless. She plays Robert Pattinson's girlfriend and we meet her in the beginning for maybe 5 minutes. Then we never see her again. I can get a cameo appearance, but it feels as though she's was supposed to be in it more. Even though I enjoyed the overall plot, we do get some scenes that seem pointless and non-resolved. Toward the ending of the film, I felt like their should have been more as if something's missing in the final act, but I cant quite sum-up what it is though. Overall, it was a great film. I'm glad I found it and gave it a watch. I don't want to go into any more details for spoiler reasons, but I highly recommend it. I'm going to give Good Time a 8/10 . What were your thoughts on this film? Leave me a comment below and I'll see you on my next review.


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