Adrian’s review published on Letterboxd:
'Everyone is an asshole!' - Ruth
Ever since I heard about Macon Blair's directorial debut I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore, when it had opened at Sundance, I knew I had to see it as soon as possible. I really loved Macon Blair's performance in Jeremy Saulnier's Blue Ruin, and when I read what his debut would be about, and especially who would be in it, I was really excited to see it.
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore is about Ruth Kimke, a depressed middle-aged women, who, some day, has to find out that her house got robbed. Instead of turning to the police, she decides to take the fate in her own hands, together with her maniac neighbour Tony. It doesn't take long until they find the whole scenario getting out of their hands.
Although I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore is written and directed by Macon Blair, you can feel from frame one on, where he learned his lessons from. Practically speaking, Jeremy Saulnier's style can be found in every shot of this movie. Whether it's the gloomy atmosphere, the dark humour or the peculiar characters, you can see his trademarks everywhere. This shouldn't be really a criticism, but I would have hoped for a bit more personal initiative from Blair.
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore. First and foremost because of the great performances of Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood. Both of them were outstanding, and especially Wood made a return to the screen, which I wouldn't have expected at all. I also enjoyed this movie because of its story. It's great to see this mentally ill woman making her way through life and finding new lust for life in tracking the robbers, which burgled her house. Although I thought that there were some pacing issues in the second act of this movie, the third act makes up for everything. Believe me, it's fuckin' bonkers. I don't want to spoil anything, but prepare yourself for some bloody good time.
Although Macon Blair looked a bit too close over Jeremy Saulnier's shoulder, he still showed with this movie what he is capable of. I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore is a very strong debut, and I can only recommend it to every fan of revenge thrillers with some really dark humour.