Red Rocket

Red Rocket ★★★★

Everyone is talking about N-SYNC's needle drop, but only legends went bonkers when that awesome Puddle of Mudd 00s classic started playing. You kids don't and won't know what it was like to wake up in the middle of 2am just to tune in to MTV and watch a lot of those videos from independent artists or for those who had recently broke into the mainstream circuit but their first videos were rarely shown on normal air time. Baker's great taste in music is evident in many songs in the film.

I was a bit unsure of what to expect from Sean Baker's new movie after reading so many reviews here. It's not that I've fallen in love with the filmmaker with his other two films, but with this one, I feel like I'm getting closer to becoming a fan. Personally, I liked how, in many ways, thanks to his themes and characters, Baker resembles a more refined Harmony Korine, whose characters are to a degree embellished, with Baker showing us the more human side of these individuals who are reduced to the dregs of the world, whether they are cast out for good reason or not its up to each individual to decide. The constant use of zoom sometimes verges on the hilarious, but I'm not going to lie, I was living for all of that!

Another aspect of this movie I really enjoyed was seeing the great Simon Rex making a comeback after being absent for a while after being part of my childhood thanks to What I Like About You and, of course, probably his second best role after this one in Scary Movie 3. In this film, Baker does an excellent job of putting to use Rex's laid back and white thrash personality and somewhat frat boy sense of humour to give the character he plays a certain charm that made you root for him as he hustled his way to success, despite the fact that he's not a character we could easily root for.

All in all, Baker's most accomplished film to date, and one that does a great job of bringing in some of his sorely experimented sensibilities in an interesting way, which is highly noticeable without detracting from the viewing experience as well as without undercutting its entertainment value for the audience.

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