Although it has its amusing moments, in eneral the plot does not convince.
The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.
It is a whirlwind of delight --- attractive actors, stunning couture, spectacular sets and outrageous parties. It's a feast for the eyes. But what really makes this dramedy work is the acting.
The story just needs a bit more time in the oven. Gus and the stumble of characters and situations that happen in this rake's bare progress are all likable and earnest with charming quirks even when it includes a suggestion of cannibalism--or was that a mere socio-political statement? It's all slightly off, like the eucalyptus grove in the Connecticut woods setting. The soundtrack has the hipness the film aspires to but doesn't quite live up to despite the junkie jade and pro to-punk references (which includes a real live reference in the form of an Iggy Pop cameo). I'm thinking about this film more than I expected and perhaps more than I care to. And is it truly devastating blow to a woman when a man passes out while still inside?
Visually this film is stunning and the accompanying soundtrack is perfect. Choreography of the scenes is also superb.I would say this is the most visually perfect movie I've seen in years, bringing to mind The Blue Light, High Noon and other beautifully filmed movies whose images stay with you. Everyone but Krysten Ritter is perfectly cast. Unfortunately having been in similar situations when I was young, I know that she had no idea what this girl was like -- her lines worked, she just didn't know what person would be saying these things and she just isn't that person. It kept taking me out of the movie. Too bad, with better casting, it might have become a classic.
This dark romance film is about reluctance as the central element that define's the circumstances involved to bring these two young adults together. In what is only seen as a slow motion train crash. Based upon not looking at the obvious problems of the two individual's to cope with each others reality life styles. They eventually click with one another on shallow grounds for any thing in the not so distant future that has any substance of positive direction in there tragic circumstantial situation from moment to moment. Note: Cutting to the chase the end scene is were there's a meaning full "cross road fork in the road moment were Gus simply does a 360 degree "turn around" in his destination after sadly parting from his muse love interest and motivation perhaps Ruby played by Kristen Ritter. To change his intentions as a new start to a better road perhaps from the slow miserable one he been walking towards ???.."Its not such a bad film,just view it to the ending"The last scene where Gus does a 360% turn around for the better we should hope.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film for many reasons. Firstly i feel that it was shot in such a way to make the viewer feel extremely involved in all that was happening. It almost was done in an intimate way to make one feel like they were watching something they shouldn't. Its as if the madness was happening in your own backyard. The music was perfect!!! It added so much feeling to an already emotionally charged scene. I'd love to have a track list!! I felt invested in the characters and could heavily relate to falling in love with a car crash of a human. I also enjoyed the surprising strangeness of it all. I found the dialogue relatable as well as the situations the characters were involved or wound up in. Highly recommended. Hats off to the writer/director. Would love to see more of his work.