Movie reviews

Good Time (2017)

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Good Time is a 2017 American crime drama film directed by Ben and Josh Safdie and stars Robert Pattinson, Barkhad Abdi, Ben Safdie and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The story is about a bank robber who spends a night trying to free his mentally disabled brother from going to prison after a heist gone wrong.

Robert Pattinson is outstanding and this is probably his best performance in my opinion. He plays a modern day Sonny Wortzik from Dog Day Afternoon. He has more dialogue in this than most of his films, which makes it more interesting and intense than the majority of his independent works. He presents a believable character, as Constantine “Connie” Nikas, that is neither boring or typical. He has proven that he can do more dramatic and realistic roles really well and this one takes the cake in my opinion as well.

Jennifer Jason Leigh had a very brief role in this movie as Connie’s much older girlfriend and from what was shown of her, she did quite good. Ben Safdie was exceptional as Nick Nikas, Connie’s younger mentally retarded brother. He made his character conceivable and seem so real, I was amazed. He didn’t talk much, but didn’t need to to for this role. More talking would have ruined Nick for me and I probably would have turned the movie off or walked out of the theater. I hadn’t heard of this title until my mother decided to watch it and I am so glad she chose this one, because it is one of the best crime movies I’ve seen in a really long time. Pattinson and Safdie are a superb pair in this flick. 18+ 4/5

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