Prepare to be stressed.
RATING: ★★1/2 (out of four stars)
I have a strong love for indie films. Often time, they can have better acting and direction that big budget dramas. Good Time isn’t a groundbreaking indie heist film, but it’s definitely a decent one. While there are a fair amount of things to like about this crime drama, a number of the movie’s technical aspects are awful.
First off, let’s talk about Robert Pattison. This guy can truly act. Between The Lost City of Z and Good Time, he has thoroughly impressed me this year. Pattison plays Connie Nikas in Good Time, a character with depth and likability even though he is a sketchy thief. Connie looks after and influences his mentally challenged brother Nick. You can tell that he really cares about his Nick, especially when their robbery goes terribly wrong and lands Nick in jail. Benny Safdie turns in a solid performance as Nick, but Pattison steals the show with his portrayal of Connie. Any time a movie can make you feel pity and remorse for a character with awful habits and traits, then it’s done its job.
Aside from the acting, the only other thing that is enjoyable is the movie’s pacing. The movie goes by fast and is fairly engaging the entire time, so there is never a need to check your watch. Most of the time, I was very stressed watching Connie’s hectic night play out. The direction and writing were also pretty solid as well.
The biggest problem with Good Time is the cinematography. In fact, I think it may be my least favorite of 2017. There were an incredibly high amount of out of focus shots, especially on the close up shots. And speaking of close ups, the movie simply had way too many of them for a movie that’s under two hours. At times, it was difficult to tell what was going on in a scene, thus making this crime drama an extremely frustrating watch; if the cinematography was adequate, Good Time could very well been one of my favorite movies of the year when it’s all said and done. The audio mixing was annoying as well. I think it was intentional, but the score was mixed extremely loud to the point you could not even hear the dialogue.
I would say Good Time is one of those movies that I’m glad I watched, but I would never watch again. It is very heavy, stressful, and even emotional at times. Those three things are not something I want to witness often when I watch a movie, but Robert Pattinson’s performance kept me engaged and shows why his career is so bright. While Good Time is worth watching because of Pattinson alone, just be prepared for him to be out of focus over half the time.