Friday, September 4, 2015
Saw AMERICAN ULTRA this morning and really enjoyed it!
The critics have been panning it with mixed reviews, saying the film doesn't know if it's a comedy, romance, or action movie. From my perspective it's all of the above. And why not? The core of the story is a romantic one, which most critics seem to find agreeable, and I found quite charming and amusing in a pleasantly dark sort of way; it's also stitched seamlessly into the narrative tapestry as events unfold, which can be difficult to do. As for the direct humor of the film, it isn't always so direct, exploiting a very dry wit (bordering on the serious) that I found laugh-out-loud funny at times –– although it seems I was the only one in the theater getting the comedy of things spiraling out of control, punctuated with a clever-cute piece of verbal understatement. Now for the action and violence: I found it wonderfully farcical, but dressed up with ferocity, no-nonsense brutality, and bloody fervor. How could I not love that?
Stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart (another of my movie-girl bloody-baby-doll crushes) are wonderful together, riding a steady undercurrent of authenticity and a wave of subdued passion. One of the best moments in the film is when Eisenberg finally gets up the nerve to ask Stewart to marry him.
Check this one out. I found it to be a very entertaining film and consistent in it's blend of dry wit, unsentimental romanticism, and let's-get-bloody-because-we-have-to bravado.