After Hours

After Hours ★★★★½

Exactly five years after Raging Bull and five years before Goodfellas, who would've thought Marty Scorsese would make his masterpiece in 1985? Just kidding, this isn't his masterpiece, but I'd say it's up there with the best of his work. He really uses his directorial style to full advantage here, casting a paranoid spell over his audience and making us walk around in the shoes of Paul Hackett for an hour and 37 minutes. Griffin Dunne plays the character like the everyman that everymen SHOULD be. He's not perfect, but he's a normal dude. He does what you and I would probably do in the situations he finds himself in. Having a character who usually makes smart decisions really helps sell the believability in a film like this. And the dumb decisions he makes can either be forgiven because of the awesomeness of the absurd situations he winds up in or are chalked up to the night's progressive wear on his mental stamina.

Marty's energetic style really heightens the tension in many key scenes and contributes a significant deal to the "rabbit hole" feeling that gets stronger as the night goes on. This is one of the best midnight movies you could possibly watch, and it's one hell of a good time

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