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Living in the French Riviera (Côte d’Azur) has its advantages: sea, sun and having the chance to attend Cannes Film Festival. Twice. It has been a long time since I’ve been to the festival and it was the first time Nya walked on the red carpet. The first movie we went to watch was Jupiter’s Moon, a Hungarian film written and directed by Kornél Mundruczó. The second one we’ve watched is the one I’ll be reviewing today, the Safdie brothers’ pulp fiction: Good Time.
From tears through surprise to laughter, there’s a bit of everything during the 1 hour and 40 minutes. This melting pot of drama, comedy and even romance (yes, I mean Taliah Webster) works. The result was surprisingly good as so many genres mixed together could easily go wrong. However, the Safdie brothers have created a brilliant adventure following Connie (Robert Pattinson) who’s trying to help his mentally disabled brother Nick (Ben Safdie) to escape from jail after a failed robbery. Connie will find himself in the craziest and most unbelievable situations, but it’s ultimately the sense of reality that adds a very specific mood to this movie.
Soundtrack That Gives You The Chills
The experimental musician Daniel Lopatin aka Oneothrix Point Never was responsible for the soundtrack which featured Iggy Pop. I don’t need to say much more for you to picture his vintage synthesizer delivering the usual drone and ambiant genre. You need the perfect OST to fit a road-movie this crazy. OPN was the perfect choice. So perfect that the alternative competition Cannes Soundtrack, with a jury of 20 medias, rewarded Good Time for it. This is definitely a soundtrack that I’m going to buy and play for a long time in my car. You can listen to any OPN songs to have an idea of his style if you don’t know him yet. For now, I’ll share the featured song with Iggy Pop that even if slightly different from his genre still full of emotion.
Robert Pattinson Will Make You Forget (And Forgive?) Edward Cullen
Twilight is among my top worst movies and I couldn’t help but hate Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart because of it. I was a teenager when Twilight became popular and all the girls at school couldn’t stop talking about it. Hated the story, the movie and the endless buzz. Good thing that I really liked Kristen Stewart’s role in Into The Wild, but that was it. Robert Pattinson has been in a few movies since then but none of them interested me (maybe they will now thanks to Good Time). To be honest, I didn’t even notice Robert Pattinson when I’ve watched the trailer for the first time, and he surprised me in a very good way. His acting from the beginning until the end, was incredible. He gives everything for the role just like his character gives everything for his brother. Of course, Ben Safdie (Robert Pattinson’s brother in the movie) is amazing too, but we’ll see Robert in a way we’ve never seen before and he is the essence of this twisted nocturnal road-movie.
Good Time is not a mainstream type of movie. Well, it was in Cannes Film Festival after all. It’s a great movie though. You get easily attached to the characters regardless of their qualities and flaws. It’s easy to feel the emotions between the two brothers. It’s a movie about family, friendship, trust and love. As crazy as the events can be, they are ruthlessly real, and you will even allow yourself some laughs, sometimes with remorse. Should I laugh or should I take it seriously? Finally, this unreal Safdie’s pulp fiction is supported by an incredible soundtrack that any music lovers will appreciate.
To me, this is Platinum.
French geek. Let's get this straight. I've put my ass in front of a computer at the age of 4 or 5. I couldn't even read but I could put a password on the family computer. My first videogames were Pacman/Galaga/Pole Position trio (& Dig Dug for the bonus). I've always been a gamer. Aging, I've started expanding my horizons.