Buzzard is a really interesting film. As in, a really damn interesting film. In it, we meet the kind of antihero that we just love to hate: 'Marty Jackitansky' is, for all intents and purposes, a slob. He cheats the system continuously (in one of the films finest scenes, we witness one such petty scam as he cons the company he works for - much to the disbelief of staff); he's violent and lazy; and he epitomizes what we all fear that we, ourselves, may become.Yet, at times, we feel the need to sympathize with him. After all, his life is shit - he works in a bland, nondescript bank office; he lives in a cramped, overpriced apartment; he has no friends. So we have an interesting conundrum on our hands....
|'Mad Marty: Fury Road(side) station'|
Potrykus marks this with a dramatic increase on the surrealism factor: we frequently see Marty wearing demonic masks in a cinema theater - soaking up violence and horror. We also witness him pumping himself up with heavy metal, but, alas, it becomes too much. After an unusual - and hilarious - stay at his co-workers apartment, Marty travels naively to Detroit with nothing but his cheques and his power glove. After all, what else does he have?
|Devil in disguise|
Potrykus also demonstrates his love for cinema through a delirious range of references. Posters for many great horror features adorn the walls of Marty's house - including, of course, 'Nightmare on Elm Street'. And, perhaps I'm gazing too far into the abyss, but 'Marty Jackitansky' is very similar to 'Max Rockitansky' - the protagonist of the 'Mad Max' movies. This would make sense. They both live in an alien, isolated world with it's own rules and regulations. They both try to fight the system. They both, to some extent, succeed. They both, to some extent, fail. Neither retains their humanity. The clerk in Marty's local petrol station is a character right out of Kevin Smith's masterpiece (so let's just say things don't go too well). Among other references, Marty continuously wears a 'demons' t - shirt, and he stays at 'the last room on the left'. Purely brilliant stuff indeed.
|One of those nights...|
All in all, Buzzard isn't an entirely complete or perfect experience, but it sure is brilliant. What it brings to the table, it does in style, and a fantastic tension pervades the whole affair... Amazing leads and a disturbing story anchor this surreal flick, and make it one of the most memorable of the year so far.
|'Buzzard' gets 4 stars!|