Another solid film from Michel Franco. I went into this blind and was fully prepared for a downer, but what I got instead was a heartfelt film about complicated people in a complicated world, who through mutual trauma, find serenity in each other's pain. Memory presents a premise that could easily veer off the rails, but Chastain and Sarsgaard deliver two tender performances that manage to keep everything grounded. I will watch this again for the performances alone. No one seems to be talking about this, but it’s well worth checking out. You can do a hell of a lot worse, that's for sure.
"Sometimes a couple is kind of a chaos and everybody is lost."
Even better upon rewatch. Not only does this satiate the hunger for courtroom drama, but it's also a very honest and nuanced exploration of relationships, perception, and mental illness. That argument scene is powerful stuff - easily one of the best, if not the best scene of the year. The performances are staggering* and the script is a tour de force. I can't think of a more deserving…
Jim Carrey: "Well... we could fire them and I could do an impression. I'm a really good impressionist and I could do a pretty good imitation of both of them, I think."
Milos Forman: "No. I don't want to stop it. I just wanted to talk to Jim."
Me: "You are both fucking insane and this is what art is all about!"
Do you guys remember how all of those teenage girls went crazy over Robert Pattinson during the Twilight years? That's how I feel about him after seeing Good Time. This is my favorite film of the year (so far) and it's gonna be tough to beat. Consider me an official Safdie whore.
In Good Time, main character Connie (played to perfection by Pattinson) is a self-absorbed con-man who uses those around him for his own personal gain. This includes his mentally disabled…