I'm not quite sure what it wants to be, and I suppose that's a good thing. At certain points it's quite funny, at others it's just weird, and at others it's downright horrifying. Always, though, it's pretty accomplished and consistently interesting.
|Ryan Reynolds - not quite all there...|
So, whats the story? Our protagonist, Jerry, is a happy, upbeat, and totally mental factory worker. He soon falls in love, and love always leads to trouble... Trouble, in this case, is a weird and surreal killing spree, in which Jerry stops taking his meds and embraces his hallucinations. Interesting, no?
On the comedy factor, it's a little weak. If you're a big fan of black comedies (as in, really black comedies like 'Calvary') then you'll probably find much to laugh about. In a normal cinema situation, quite a few laughs will be yielded, but this is only due to the atmosphere. For home viewing? A couple of awkward laughs, a few genuine comedy, but not much else. Indeed, for a film with much comedy marketing, the strength just isn't present for justification.
ollywood remakes and boring blockbusters, the voices provides some alternative entertainment. Not only that, but it's strange, and if you enjoy your cult movies (like I do), then this ones for you. In fact, this film is worth it purely for the ending and the end credits sequence (hint, it involves Jesus and the jitterbug). As for emotion, Reynolds treads the knife edge brilliantly. One moment, he's cute and innocent, the next he's a savage killer full of rage, but he's never less than likable (and hence Satrapi can never be accused of discriminating against mental illness).
All in all, The Voices provides a weird, wonderful, and intriguing tale with an incredible performance from Reynolds. Just don't expect too many laughs.
|The Voices gets 4 stars!|