Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: "I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore" is goofy neo-noir

I Don't Feel At Home in This World Anymore review

Never conduct a vigilante investigation.

I say again, never conduct a vigilante investigation. It could mean bad news, for you and anybody else you get to help you. Anybody you get rolled in with. It could only mean bad news. In this film, our main characters conduct a vigilante investigation. All over a stolen computer, and while there is a slick, dark sense of humor throughout the entire movie. "I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore" is anything but goofball. This is a near perfect blend of the funny and the serious and the turns it made were a bit shocking.

It begins with Ruth (Melanie Lynskey) a socially awkward nursing assistant who gets her computer stolen one night. She can't seem to gather enough evidence of what happened in her home, and the police are of no help. She thinks its her odd neighbor Tony (Elijah Wood) who did it, but he proves that it wasn't and they become friends. He helps her conduct a vigilante style investigation, and they begin to see some forward progress. When they both get tangled in with a group of vicious criminals, things get incredibly complicated.

Melanie Lynskey is an actress I have enjoyed since I saw her on HBO's "Togetherness," a show that only lasted two seasons, they were only eight episodes each, but it was an honest, touching show and I wish more people saw him. She does really good work here. Her chemistry with Elijah Wood is completely equities. They are a profound duo, they are weird and quirky and richly human. It maybe in an oddball sort of way, but it adds a great flavor to the movie. The other great performances are the criminals themselves. The leader played by David Yow is both hilarious in some moments and righteously scary in others. There is a wild mix that he is able to create, and neither side of the character never feels out of place, never intoxicates the other. 

If you like your comedies with a bit of a dark edge, check this out on Netflix.


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