13 April 2015

THE VOICES

THE VOICES

USA / Germany, 2014
Director: Marjane Satrapi

8/10











When it comes to black / dark comedy, I'm not very demanding. As long as it's politically incorrect or/and taboo-breaking and/or controversial and, of course, entertaining, I'm fine with it. Even better when it's not just entertaining, but also able to disturb me, like "Persepolis"-director Marjane Satrapi's newest film "The Voices" which tells the story of Jerry, a nice but pretty weird loner with some serious mental problems who works at a bathtub factory. Things run smooth until Jerry stops taking his pills which leads to him imagining that his pets (super-mean kittie Mr. Whiskers and good-natured boxer Bosco) talk to him. Things get really bad when Mr. Whiskers tells him to kill one of his workmates...


The trailers for "The Voices" were completely misleading. Of course, for the bigger part it's a hialriously funny comedy with lots of laughworthy jokes, lines and characters - but, believe it or not, there's also many, many scenes and sequences that are downright disturbing and so not funny at all. Whenever you think it keeps getting funnier and funnier, director Satrapi and screenwriter Michael R. Perry ("Paranormal Activity 2") suddenly switch the tone to pitch-dark and make your laughter stick in your throat. There are at least 2 scenes (the wake-up and the mother flashback) that are so shocking, it's flabbergasting.

Nevertheless, there's obviously plenty of stuff that will make you laugh, be it outrageous musical numbers, hilarious conversations between Jerry and his pets [cat: "Give me food, you fuckface! FOOD!!" / dog: "(doorbell rings) Intruder! Intruder! I'll take a bullet for you!"], between Jerry and three disembodied heads, a Chinese restaurant with a Karate-Elvis as main attrction, fun with free Pizza and half-dead deers, dead body remains in Tupperware containers
etc. etc.


Ryan Reynolds' performance as half-quirky, half-dangerous weirdo is amazing and probably the best thing he has ever done so far (yes, even better than "Buried"). Love the fact that he voiced all the animals himself. There's also lots of cool acting by hotties Anna Kendrick & Gemma Arterton, and a fantastic performance by the ever-so-lovely Jacki Weaver ("Picnic at Hanging Rock") as adorable shrink. Kudos to the surprisingly stunning production design (Udo Kramer, "Chicken with Plums") and the wonderful camera work (Maxime Alexandre, "High Tension") which makes this movie look more unique than you actually expect.

I hear voices and they tell me to tell you to go see this movie! ;)

5 comments:

  1. Sadly, I didn't find this as funny as you did. Disturbing, yes. Depressing, totally. Funny? I got a chuckle around the first half but the rest was simply...too much.

    Glad to see you enjoyed, though, but I'm sticking to trashy bodycounters UuU

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    1. Really? Why? Me and my pal, we laughed our asses off... aside from the scenes that frightened us :D

      "I'm sticking to trashy bodycounters" - No sign of progression, huh? ;)))

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    2. Some slight progression...I started watching none-slasher horror lately. Possible cuz there isn't much new to cover or most of our recent releases are awful (Muck...MUCK! >8U)

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  2. I called your opinion on this and the Rating too. I'm just that damn good!

    I liked this one alot. The balance of humor to horror did change as the film progressed, but I'm pretty sure that was intentional. There tended to be less overt humor in the latter half, but it was also more manic.

    All in all a good representation of crazy, quirky and surreal on-screen. It definitely prepares me for him as Deadpool (done right this time- hopefully).

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    1. You blowhard :P

      Yeah, they all did a fantastic job on keeping the balance between funny and disturbing. Whenever it got too dark, something fun happened. Whenever it got too amsuing, something unsettling happens. I like that! :)

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