Uncut Gems proved that The Safdie Brothers were a force to be reckoned with after a lot of talk about them along with Adam Sandler being snubbed by the Academy. Good Time (2017), much like Uncut Gems, follows a character living life a hundred miles a minute. A guy who makes reckless decisions because he knows no other way. Such characters never rest and having them as narrators is such a thrill. Robert Pattinson as Connie is just charming in all the wrong ways. I was compelled to root for him even though I knew everything he did was wrong. I loved being in a moral dilemma and that’s what good art does for me.
Good Time (2017) is an indie thriller executed extremely well making such good use of real environments for its production design. It proves that sometimes a crisp narrative can make do with whatever budget you throw at the movie. The score is like Uncut Gems and uses synth music for creating an almost nightmarish crime noir vibe. So is the cinematography, emphasizing a neon overload
The only drawback if any is that the scope and ambition of the project seems much smaller. It doesn’t particularly feel like a character study but rather just a man making one bad decision after the other. There is a bond that he shares with his brother which is left unexplored. It makes the audience wonder whether his brother was also a tool for him just like everyone else. But that’s about it.
Part Robert Pattinson magic and part condensed chaos, Good Time (2017) is what all indie thrillers should look up to. Although small in ambition, it makes perfect use of its budget and is existing proof that just a tight script can work wonders.
Watch Robert Pattinson talk about Good Time here.